Comparison of hex editors

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General[edit]

GUI Console Software license Cost Latest stable version Latest release date Windows Macintosh Linux
010 Editor Yes No Proprietary $50–130 6.0.3 September 25, 2015 Win2k and up Yes Yes
0xED 0 1.1.3 No Yes No
1Fh Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 1.18 April 29, 2009 Yes No No
Active@ Disk Editor Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 6.0.37 (Windows)
6.0.23 (Linux)
July 4, 2015 Yes No Yes
AptEdit Yes No Proprietary $44.95 5.7.1 May 8, 2013 Windows XP and up No No
AXE Yes No Proprietary $35 3.4 Win95 and up No No
AviHex Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 2.5.3 June 20, 2008 Yes No No
Be.HexEditor Yes No MIT License 0 1.6.0 December 27, 2013 Win2k and up No No
beav No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 1.4.0 Yes (msdos) Yes
beye No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 6.1.0 December 12, 2009 Yes Yes Yes
Binary Viewer Pro Yes No Proprietary $10 1.0.0 December 26, 2008 Yes No No
bless Yes Yes GPL / Free Software 0 0.6.0 August 14, 2008  ??  ?? Yes
bvi No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 1.4.0 October 7, 2014 DOS, Win95 and up Yes Yes
Cheat Engine Yes No APL 0 6.5 December 31, 2015 Yes No No
CI Hex Viewer Yes No Proprietary 0 2.0 March 3, 2015 Windows XP and up Mac OS X 10.6 and up Yes
Cygnus Hex Editor Yes Proprietary $39 2.51[1] July 2014 WinNT4 and up No No
Cygnus Hex Editor FREE EDITION Yes Free 1.0 October 2005 Yes
dhex No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 0.68 September 9, 2012 No Yes Yes
EditPad Pro Yes No Proprietary €39.95 7.4.0 Dec 18, 2015 Win2k and up No No
(works perfectly under WINE though)
Emacs Yes Yes GPL / Free Software 0 24.4[2] October 20, 2014 Yes Yes Yes
Febooti Hex Editor Yes No Proprietary 0 3.7 September 25, 2015 Win95 and up No No
FileInsight Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 2.1 August 21, 2009 Yes No No
FlexHex Yes Yes[3] Proprietary $40 2.6 September 16, 2008 WinNT4 and up No No
Frhed (Free Hex Editor) [1] Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 1.7.1 July 30, 2009 Win98 and up No No
Funduc Software Hex Editor Yes Freeware 0 2.3 February 2013 Yes No No
GHex Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 3.18.0 September 23, 2015 No Yes (via MacPorts) Yes
Hackman Suite [2] Yes No Proprietary $27 9.3 May 2014 Yes No No
HEdit Yes No Proprietary $99 3.2 Yes No No
Hex-Editor MX Yes €0–3 6.0.2 May 2004 Yes
Hex-works Yes No free (web application) 0 14.02.2015 February 14, 2015 Yes Yes Yes
HexCurse No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 1.58 February 27, 2014 No Yes Yes
Hexditor.jar Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 - December 12, 2012 Any windows with Java 1.4 or more Yes Yes
HexEdit Yes No MIT License 0 4.0 July 13, 2012 Yes No No
hexed No Yes BSD-3 0 0.2.2 May 6, 2014 Yes (Source code) Yes (Source code) Yes (Source code)
HexEd.it Yes No none (web application) 0 2016.06.14 June 14, 2016 Yes Yes Yes
Hex Edit Pro Yes No Proprietary $50 4.0 December 14, 2011 Yes No No
HexEdit by Lane Roathe MPL 0 2.20 January 28, 2008 No Yes (680x0/PowerPC) No
hexedit by Pascal Rigaux No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 1.2.13 March 1, 2013 No Yes (MacPorts, Homebrew) Yes
Hex Fiend Yes No Two-clause BSD license 0 2.3.0 July 31, 2014 No Yes No
Hexinator Yes No Proprietary $40–90, hex editor is free 1.4 October 2015 Yes No Yes
HexIt No Yes Proprietary (sourcecode included) 0 1.57 December 8, 2006 DOS, Win95 and up No No
Hexplorer Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 2.6 June 4, 2011 Win95 and up No No
Hexprobe Hex Editor Yes No Proprietary $40 4.31 June 26, 2009 Win95 and up No No
Hex Workshop Yes No Proprietary $90 6.8.0 September 2014 Win2K and up No No
HHD Software Free Hex Editor Neo Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 6.20.02.5651 October 9, 2015 Windows XP and up No No
HHD Software Hex Editor Neo Yes No Proprietary $25–75 6.14 July 16, 2015 Windows XP and up No No
Hiew No Yes Proprietary $19–199 8.45 October 7, 2015 Yes No No
HT Editor No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 2.1.0 January 11, 2015 Yes Yes (Homebrew) Yes
HxD Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 1.7.7.0 April 3, 2009 Win95, WinNT4 and up No No
KHexEdit Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 0.8.5 December 14, 1999 No No Yes
Notepad++ (with Hex Editor Plugin) Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 0.9.5 September 9, 2009 Yes No No
Okteta Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 0.5 Yes (KDEWin) Yes Yes
Qiew Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 1.1 July 28, 2015 Yes Yes (Source code) Yes (Source code)
radare2 No Yes GPL, LGPL / Free Software 0 0.10.1 February 29, 2016 Yes Yes Yes
ResEdit Yes Proprietary (Freeware) 0 2.1.3 August 1994 Yes
Resorcerer 2.4.1 2001 No Yes No
shed No Yes GPL / Free Software 0 1.15 March 24, 2009 No Yes Yes
Synalyze It! Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) $7–30 1.12 October 12, 2015 No Yes No
tiny hexer Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 1.8.1.6 July 3, 2007 Win98 and up No No
TurboHex Yes No Proprietary $29 1.0 Yes No No
VEDIT Yes Yes Proprietary $89 6.24.2 Jan 1, 2015 Yes No No
UltraEdit Yes No Proprietary $79.95 22.2 (Windows)
15.1 (Linux / Mac OS X)
September 26, 2014 Yes Yes Yes
webhex.net Yes No none (web application) 0 Yes Yes Yes
WinHex Yes No Proprietary $49.90–309 18.8 April 23, 2016 Win95 and up No No
wxHexEditor Yes No GPL / Free Software 0 0.23 Beta Jan 18, 2015 Yes Yes Yes
XVI32 Yes No Proprietary (Freeware) 0 2.55 June 26, 2012 Win95 and up No No

Features[edit]

Maximum file size Partial file loading Disk sector editing Bit editing Text editor Insert/delete bytes Character encodings(ao) Search Unicode File structure view Disassembler File compare Find in files Bookmarks Macro Data inspector
010 Editor Unlimited Yes Only Windows NT and up[4] Yes Yes Yes ASCII, Windows-1252, Unicode, OEM, EBCDIC, Macintosh Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
0xED Unlimited Yes Yes Yes ASCII, UTF-8/UTF-16 encoded Unicode, ISO-Latin-1, Macintosh No No No
1Fh 2 GiB No No No No No OEM, custom No No No No No No
Active@ Disk Editor Yes File browser, sector editing Windows-1252 Yes Yes No Yes
AptEdit Unlimited Yes No No Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC Yes No No Yes Yes
AXE 2 GiB Yes Only Windows NT and up Unicode, ANSI, EBCDIC Yes Yes No
AviHex Unlimited No Yes Yes Yes 32/64-bits, MMX and SSE commands Yes Yes Yes
Be.HexEditor Unlimited Yes No No Yes Yes Unicode, EBCDIC Yes No No No Yes No
Beav Unlimited Yes *nix only No No Yes ASCII No No No No Yes and replace Yes
beye PiB Yes No Yes No Yes ANSI, EBCDIC, ASCII, Macintosh Yes AVR, Java, x86, i386, x86-64, ARM/XScale, PowerPC, PPC64 Yes
Binary Viewer Free Unlimited No No No No No ASCII No No
Binary Viewer Pro Unlimited No No No No No ASCII Yes No
Bless Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ASCII No No No No Yes
bless Yes Yes
bvi Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes ANSI, ASCII No No
Catch22 HexEdit 4 GiB Yes No No No Yes ANSI Yes Yes No No No No
CI Hex Viewer Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, ASCII, Macintosh Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Cygnus Hex Editor 2 GiB No No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Cygnus Hex Editor FREE EDITION 2 GiB No No No No Yes No
DataWorkshop 2 GiB Yes Yes
dhex 263 B Yes No No Yes No ASCII No No No Yes Yes Yes
EditPad Pro Yes Yes Yes Windows-1252 and many others. Yes Yes Yes
Emacs Yes
Febooti Hex Editor 2 GiB No No Yes Yes Yes ANSI Yes Yes
FileInsight No Yes Yes ASCII Yes Yes Yes Yes Javascript, Python 2 Yes
FlexHex Unlimited Yes Only Windows NT and up Yes Yes Yes ANSI/MBCS, Unicode Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Frhed Limited by RAM Yes No(read only) Yes No Yes ANSI, OEM Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
GHex 4 GiB No No No Yes Partial (no copy/paste) ASCII No No No Yes and replace
Hackman Hex Editor Professional Unlimited Yes Yes Yes External: notepad Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, ASCII, Macintosh, custom Yes Yes AVR, Java, x86, Pentium III, Pentium 4-Prescott, Athlon-K7, Athlon 64, Cyrix-M2 Yes Yes Yes
HEdit >2 GiB Yes No No No Yes ANSI, EBCDIC No
heme 2 GiB No No Yes No ANSI No No No
Heraia 4 GiB No No No Yes Yes ASCII No No No No Yes No
Hexditor.jar 263 B Yes No (but view help) Yes ISO/IEC 8859-1, ASCII, OEM Yes, case insensitive No Yes
Hex Edit Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Hex Edit Pro Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, Code Pages (MBCS, Mac, UTF-8, etc.) Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
hexed >2 GiB No No No No Yes No No No No No No
Maximum file size Partial file loading Disk sector editing Bit editing Text editor Insert/delete bytes Character encodings(ao) Search Unicode File structure view Disassembler File compare Find in files Bookmarks Macro Data inspector
HexEdit by Lane Roathe Yes Yes PowerPC Yes
hexedit by Pascal Rigaux Unlimited Yes Yes No No No ASCII No No No No No No
HexEd.it Unlimited; new file, 1 MiB Yes No Yes Yes Yes Unicode (UTF-8/UTF-16), ASCII, ANSI, IBM866, ISO-8859-1 to ISO-8859-16 (incl. Cyrillic, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew), KOI8, Macintosh, x-user-defined and many others. Yes No No No Yes Yes
Hex Fiend Unlimited No No No No Yes ANSI No No No No No Yes
Hexinator Unlimited Yes No No No Yes Unicode, ANSI, ASCII, OEM, EBCDIC, Macintosh and all ICU encodings Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
HexIt Limited by RAM No No No Partial (viewer) Yes No x86, Pentium II-Deschutes, x87, MMX, 3DNow!, also assembler Yes Yes Yes
Hexplorer Limited by RAM No Only Windows NT and up No No ANSI, OEM No Yes No
Hexprobe Hex Editor Unlimited Yes Only Windows NT and up Yes Yes Yes ANSI, OEM No Yes No Yes Yes
Hex Workshop Yes Yes Yes External: notepad Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, Macintosh Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes
HHD Software Free Hex Editor Neo Unlimited[6] Yes No No No Yes ANSI Yes No No No No No No No
HHD Software Hex Editor Neo Unlimited Yes Only Windows NT and up Yes Yes Yes ANSI, Unicode, ASCII, OEM, ISO, EBCDIC, MAC, UTF-7(Export)/UTF-8, KOI8, ISCII, EUC, Arabic Yes Yes x86, x86-64, MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow!, MSIL Yes Yes, and replace Yes Yes[7] Customizable
Hiew Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ASCII,OEM, Unicode,Custom Yes Yes x86, x86-64, MMX, SSE 4.2, 3DNow! - all assembler, ARM Yes Yes Yes
HT Editor >200 GiB No No Yes No No No x86, ARM, PowerPC
HxD Unlimited[8] Yes Windows 9x/NT and up No No Yes ANSI, ASCII, OEM, EBCDIC, Macintosh Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
i.Hex Unlimited Yes No Yes No ASCII No Yes No
iBored Unlimited Yes Yes No No Block level only ANSI Yes Yes No No Yes No
javahexeditor Unlimited Yes No No Yes Yes ASCII, ANSI Yes No No No Yes No
KHexEdit Limited by RAM ANSI, ASCII, EBCDIC. No
MadEdit 32 GiB Yes No Yes Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, ASCII, Macintosh, Shift JIS, GBK, EUC, Big5, Unicode Yes No No No Yes and replace
Notepad++ Unknown Yes Yes Yes
shed 2 GiB Yes No Yes No No ASCII No No No
Okteta Limited by RAM No No Yes Yes Yes ANSI, ASCII, EBCDIC, many others No Yes No No No Yes
Synalyze It! Unlimited Yes No Yes Yes Yes ASCII, EBCDIC, Unicode, all ICU encodings Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
tiny hexer 2 GiB No Only Windows NT and up Yes No Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, ASCII, Macintosh, custom Yes Yes No Partial (same size) No
TurboHex Unlimited No Yes Yes Yes No ANSI, ASCII No No No No No No
VEDIT Standard, 2 GiB, Pro 64, unlimited Yes DOS version only Yes Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, ASCII, custom No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
UltraEdit >4 GiB Yes No No Yes Yes ANSI, OEM, EBCDIC, ASCII, Mac, Unix, UTF-8 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
webhex.net 2 MB No No No No No ASCII Yes No No No Yes No
WinHex Unlimited Yes Yes Yes External: notepad Yes Partial support of these formats: ANSI, UNICODE, OEM, UTF-8/UTF-16 EBCDIC, ASCII Yes Yes Only x86 Intel opcodes Yes Yes and replace Yes[9] Yes
wxHexEditor Unlimited Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ASCII, ANSI, Unicode, OEM, ISO, MAC, UTF-8/UTF-16/UTF-32, EBCDIC, KOI8, Arabic, Hebrew, Shift JIS, GBK, EUC, Big5 and many others. Yes No x86, x86-64, 3DNow!, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, AMD-V, Intel VT-x Yes Yes and replace Yes
XVI32 2 GB No No Yes No Yes ANSI Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maximum file size Partial file loading Disk sector editing Bit editing Text editor Insert/delete bytes Character encodings(ao) Search Unicode File structure view Disassembler File compare Find in files Bookmarks Macro Data inspector

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

ao: ANSI is the Windows character set, OEM is the DOS character set. Both are based on ASCII.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.softcircuits.com/dl/apps/cygnus.zip
  2. ^ "GNU Emacs". GNU.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.heaventools.com/flexhex-features.htm
  4. ^ 010 Editor features, retrieved 2007-11-29
  5. ^ Plug-in API
  6. ^ HHD Software Hex Editor Neo edition comparison table, retrieved 2012-05-31
  7. ^ Scripting Overview
  8. ^ HxD features
  9. ^ WinHex: Scripting

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