HQX File Type- The quick facts
What are HQX files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a HQX file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a HQX file?
A .HQX file is a BinHex 4 compressed file. Files that contain the .hqx file extension are Macintosh BinHex 4 Compressed Archive files. These files contain information that has been compressed into a 7-bit binary text format from an 8-bit format.
The HQX file format was created so that both forks of a Macintosh file could be bundled into a single file container. This makes it easier to transfer large images, documents, and multimedia files across the Internet.
The HQX file format was created for Mac computers and this particular file format is not used in the Windows operating environment. The files can be recognized by the message that is placed in the first line of the file. The first line of each HQX file states "This file must be converted with BinHex 4.0.". Still, there are Windows programs available that can extract the content of these files.
How to open HQX files
We have identified 1 HQX opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of HQX file.
Programs that open BinHex 4 compressed files
Last updated: January 27, 2020
Suggest another file format using extension HQX
While we know of one file format using the .HQX 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 .HQX file.