HEX file format description
Many people share .hex files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .hex file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .hex files.
2 filename extension(s) found in our database.
.hex - BinHex Encoded Data
HEX file is a BinHex Encoded data. BinHex is a binary to text translator that can directly encode any Macintosh document. It is similar to Uuencode.
.hex - Intel HEX Format Data
HEX file is an Intel HEX Format Data. The Intel HEX (ihex) generally known as hex file, is a format used to store machine language code in hexadecimal form. It is widely used format to store programs to be transferred to microcontrollers, ROM and EEPROM. The compilers convert the programs written in assembly, C etc into corresponding hex files, which are dumped into the controllers using burners/programmers.
Naturally, other applications may also use the .hex file extension. Even harmful programs can create .hex files. Be especially cautious with .hex files coming from an unknown source!
Can't open a .hex file?
When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:
Windows can't open this file:
To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.
- Open Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Default Programs > Set Associations.
- Select a file type in the list and click Change Program.
The .hex file extension is often given incorrectly!
According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:
mex, bex, hxe, hwx, hrx, hes, hec, he, gex, nex, ehx, jex, hx, hsx, hfx
Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?
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