File Extension Library

.HEX File Extension

  • Category: Misc Files

What is an .HEX file?

.HEX file extension has been classified as Misc Files.

.HEX is Hexadecimal Source File

A HEX file is a hexadecimal source file typically used by programmable logic devices, such as microcontrollers in remote controls, office machines, and automobile engine control systems. It contains settings, configuration information, or other data saved in a hexadecimal format. HEX files may be stored in either a binary or text format.

HEX files are supported by several editors, including Heaventools FlexHex, Hex Workshop Hex Editor, and HexEdit. If you have a binary HEX file, it can only be opened with hex-editing programs. If you have a text-based HEX file, it can also be opened and edited with a text editor.

File Type 2:

BinHex Encoded File

Developer by: BinHex Category: Encoded Files

File encoded with an early version of BinHex (binary-to-hexadecimal) encoding software; used for converting files to a text format that could be sent via e-mail without being corrupted; typically takes up more space than the original file.

The BinHex program is only available for the Mac. Newer versions of the program save BinHex files with a .HQX extension rather than ".hex."

List of all softwares that can open the BinHex Encoded File
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Mac Binary Converter

How to Open .HEX file on different platforms

Open .HEX File on Windows

  • Right-click a .HEX
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .HEX file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .HEX files" Press "Ok"

Open .HEX File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .HEX file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .HEX File on Linux

Right click on the .HEX file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .HEX File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .HEX file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .HEX File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .HEX files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .HEX files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .HEX files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .HEX file format
  2. You need to check the .HEX file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)