Files with hdf file extension are objects files in the Hierarchical Data Format.

There are 2 other file types using
the HDF file extension!

empty icon.hdf - Help document

empty icon.hdf - Amiga hard disk image

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HDF file extension - Hierarchical Data Format

What is hdf file? How to open hdf files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

The hdf file extension is commonly used for Hierarchical Data Format. It is a library and multi-object file format for the transfer of graphical and numerical data between machines. It is freely available. The distribution consists of the HDF library, the HDF command line utilities, and a test suite (source code only).

Features of the HDF File Format:

  • It is versatile. HDF supports several different data models. Each data model defines a specific aggregate data type and provides an API for reading, writing, and organizing data and metadata of the corresponding type. Data models supported include multidimensional arrays, raster images, and tables.
  • It is self-describing, allowing an application to interpret the structure and contents of a file without any outside information.
  • It is flexible. With HDF, you can mix and match related objects together in one file and then access them as a group or as individual objects. Users can also create their own grouping structures using an HDF feature called vgroups.
  • It is extensible. It can easily accommodate new data models, regardless of whether they are added by the HDF development team or by HDF users.
    It is portable. hdf files can be shared across most common platforms, including many workstations and high performance computers. An hdf file created on one computer can be read on a different system without modification.

mime types:

The default software associated to open hdf file:

The HDF Group logoHDF  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
The HDF Group

HDF is a collection of utilities and applications for manipulating, viewing, and analyzing data in HDF files.

Help how to open:

You can work with these files in any supported software.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .hdf 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.

Find conversions from hdf file:

hdf to m

List of software applications associated to the .hdf file extension

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

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting hdf files.

Software that open hdf file - Hierarchical Data Format

Programs supporting the exension hdf on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open hdf file action.

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