File Extension Library

.HQX File Extension

  • Category: Encoded Files
  • Format: Text

What are .HQX files and how to open them?

Can't open .HQX file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .HQX file.

What is a .HQX file extension?

.HQX file extension has been classified as Encoded Files. The format of .HQX file is Text

.HQX is BinHex 4.0 Encoded File

An HQX file is a binary to hexadecimal text file created for Mac computers. It contains data that has been compressed and encoded from an 8-bit binary format into a 7-bit text format. HQX files can be useful for transferring binary images, documents, and multimedia as text in email attachments.

HQX files help to maintain file integrity for Internet downloads, email attachments, and other file transfers since they combine the data fork and resource fork from the Mac HFS structure into a single archive.

BinHex 4.0 files take up more disk space than their original binary file. They always begin with the line "(This file must be converted with Binhex 4.0)."

List of all softwares that can open the BinHex 4.0 Encoded File
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Corel WinZip 23
ESTsoft ALZip
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
Apple Archive Utility

How to fix problems with .HQX files

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