HWP File - opening and understanding

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

What is a HWP file?

HWP is an acronym for Hangul Word Processor. Files that contain the .hwp file extension normally store documents that have been created by the Korean-based Hangul Word Processor application.

The HWP file format and the Hangul Word Processor were created by the Haansoft Corporation of South Korea to address the needs of those who needed to create computer documents with Korean characters.

HWP files may contain text, document formatting and graphics, much like the DOC files that are created by the popular Microsoft Word application. Unlike Word documents, however, the HWP file format is used primarily to save documents that have been written in the Korean language of Hangul.

How to open HWP 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 HWP for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension HWP

While we know of one file format using the .HWP 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 .HWP file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
HAANSOFT HWPHAANSOFT HWPUser submitted
Hancom Office HanwordHancom Office HanwordUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
HWP6HWP6User submitted
HWP5IHWP5IUser submitted
HWP55HWP55User submitted
HWP67HWP67User submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with HWP-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 HWP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!