Resource Hacker

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Resource Hacker
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Resource Hacker running in Windows 7
Developer(s) Angus Johnson
Initial release December 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
Stable release / September 16, 2011; 3 years ago (2011-09-16)
Development status Discontinued
Written in Object Pascal
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Size 2.17 MB (after installation)
Available in English, Chinese, Japanese
Type Resource extractor
License Proprietary

Resource Hacker (also known as ResHacker or ResHack) is a free resource extraction utility developed by Angus Johnson for Windows. It is used to modify and replace static resources within Windows binaries such as strings, icons, pictures or dialogs. Modification of properties like the VersionInfo table is also possible. The Resource Hacker also has a variety of command line options. There are some re-distribution restrictions with Resource Hacker although it is used by several programs like 7zip Theme Manager (until v2.0) and many others. Trancexx also started a ResHacker Project which is written in AutoIT v3 on December 08, 2008. The ResHacker Project is a resource viewer and compiler.

The utility is widely used.

Johnson has stated in 2002 that he has "no plans to continue development".[1] He also recommended the program "XN Resource Editor" [1] as an open source alternative to his own program. In 2011 he stated that he will neither release, nor sell the source code. After he had cancelled development, he released two more updates:

  • On November 19, 2009, version 3.5.2 was released as a beta. This build added support for 64-bit executables and for displaying PNG images.
  • On September 16, 2011, version 3.6 was released with support for PNG icons.


  1. ^ a b Section - "Resource Hacker is no longer being developed"

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