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the HEX file extension!

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HEX file extension - Macintosh BinHex encoded file archive (ASCII)

What is hex file? How to open hex files?

File type specification:

Encoded and encrypted file type icon Encoded and encrypted file type

The HEX file extension is associated with the Macintosh BinHex archive format. BinHex, short for "binary-to-hexadecimal", is a binary-to-text encoding system that was used on the Mac OS for sending binary files through e-mail.

It is similar to Uuencode, but combined both "forks" of the Mac file system together, along with extended file information. BinHexed files take up more space than the original files, but are far less likely to be corrupted in transit.

he BinHex format was created to satisfy two specific needs. First, to allow transferring binary files (therefore coded on 8 bits) sent on the Internet, whose pipes are not always "8-bit clean". This means that there must be some sort of mapping between a 8-bit stream and a 7-bit stream.

Secondly, to bundle in a single container both forks composing a Macintosh file. Last but not the least, the author, Yves Lempereur, added a compression function, of the RLE type, to avoid sending repetitive sequences of identical characters.

The default software associated to hex file type:

Mac OS X icon

Apple, Inc. logo Mac OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

OS X or Mac OS X is Unix-based operating system developed by Apple Inc. for Macintosh computers. It contains basic core applications for everyday use, such as Finder basic file manager, Safari for Internet browsing, QuickTime for video, iTunes for managing audio data and iPod, iOS devices management , iMessage instant messaging, Mail, Contacts, Calendar and many more.

The latest version 10.11 of OS X is called El Capitan. It is available to purchase on Mac App Store as well as is distributed with new Mac computers and notebooks. It includes features to improve the security, performance, design and usability.

OS X operating system was replaced by new macOS in 2016!

Help how to open HEX files:

Use Stuffit Deluxe to decode .hex BinHex encoded file archives.

How to convert file with extension HEX:

As far as we know, this .hex file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

Related links:

BinHex on Wikipedia

List of recommended software applications associated to the .hex file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open hex file, edit hex file, convert hex file, view hex file, play hex file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

  • Others hex file

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with hex file - Macintosh BinHex encoded file archive (ASCII)

Click on the software link(s) for more information. Suggested software applications use hex file type for internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open hex file actions.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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