HEX File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a HEX file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .HEX files.

What is a HEX file?

Files that contain the .hex file extension are used for hexadecimal source files. These files contain settings and configuration information that has been saved in the hexadecimal file format. Files that are saved in the HEX file format can be stored in text or binary format.

The Magellan GPS Receiver also uses the .hex file suffix. These HEX files are used to store flash ROM upgrade files for the GPS device.

The .hex file suffix is also used for the Pioneer CDJ-800MK2 professional DJ turntable. These HEX files contain the update files that are used to update the turntable's firmware.

How to open HEX files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension HEX for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different HEX openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension HEX

While we know of one file format using the .HEX file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .HEX file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of HEX files. Remember, different programs may use HEX files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with HEX-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with HEX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!