What is a .HEX File And How To Open It – BinHex (Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .hex 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 .hex file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .HEX file?

The .HEX file extension comes from BinHex Encoded File. The development of this file was done by BinHex. The file is a encoded file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .hex file on 1 platform.

How to open a .HEX file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .HEX file on various operating systems.

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

The .hex file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .HEX file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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 Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .HEX file?

If you cannot open the .HEX file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .HEX file.hex – Hexadecimal Source File. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .HEX file with the Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe program on Windows.