What is a .H4 File And How To Open It – The HDF Group (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .h4 extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .h4 file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .H4 file?

The file extension .H4 stands for Hierarchical Data Format File. The development of this file was done by The HDF Group. The file is a data related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .h4 file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .H4 file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .H4 file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .H4 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .h4 file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the WaveMetrics IGOR Pro software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: GDAL and WaveMetrics IGOR Pro.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .H4 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the WaveMetrics IGOR Pro software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .H4 file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .h4 file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the WaveMetrics IGOR Pro software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: WaveMetrics IGOR Pro.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .H4 file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the WaveMetrics IGOR Pro software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .H4 file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .h4 file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the GDAL software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is GDAL.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .H4 file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the GDAL software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .H4 file?

If you are still unable to open the .H4 file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .H4 file.h4b – Line 6, .h4e – Line 6, .h4r – New World Computing, .h5 – The HDF Group, .h5b – Line 6. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .H4 file with the WaveMetrics IGOR Pro, GDAL programs on Windows, WaveMetrics IGOR Pro program on Mac and GDAL software on Linux.