Hangul (word processor)

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Hangul Office
한글 오피스
Developer(s)Hancom Inc.
Initial release1988; 35 years ago (1988)
Stable release
Hangul Office 2022
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Standard(s)Office Open XML
Available inKorean, English
TypeOffice suite
LicenseProprietary (except Linux)
WebsiteOfficial website

Hangul Office (Korean: 한글 오피스) is a proprietary word processing application published by the South Korean company Hancom Inc. Hangul's specialized support for the Korean written language has gained it widespread use in South Korea, especially by the government. Hancom has published their HWP binary format specification online for free.[1]

The software's name is derived from the Korean word Hangul (Korean한글; RRhangeul; MRhangŭl) for the alphabet used to write Korean. In Korean, the software's name is officially stylised (ᄒᆞᆫ글) using the obsolete letter arae a in place of the modern a in hangul, and is also frequently referred to as Arae-A Hangŭl (아래아한글) or Han/gŭl (한/글).[2][3]

Haansoft near bankruptcy[edit]

Haansoft was on the verge of bankruptcy after the release of its 2002 version, due to the widespread use of illegal copies. A campaign to support the development of Korean software and promote the purchase of legal copies of Hangul allowed Haansoft to recover.[4]


Previous versions have included:


  • Hangul 3.0, 3.0a, 3.0b (1995)
  • Hangul 96, International, Japanese (1996)
  • Hangul 97, 97 strengthen, 815 special edition (1998)
  • Hangul Wordian, Hangul for Kids (2000)
  • Hangul 2002 (2001, widely used for government e-document system)
  • Hangul 2004 (2003)
  • Hangul 2005 (2004)
  • Hangul 2007 (2006)
  • Hangul 2010 (2010)[5]
  • Hancom Office 2010 SE(English Edition)
  • Hangul 2014 (2013)
  • Hangul NEO (2016)
  • ThinkFree (2017)


  • Hangul 2006 (2006) : PPC binary
  • Hangul 2014 for Mac (2013)


  • Hangul X R4 (1999, bundled in Mizi Linux 1 and 1.1)
  • Hangul X R5 (2000, included in Hancom Office 2)
  • Hangul 2008 Linux (2008, included in Hancom Office 2008 Linux)


  1. ^ "The HWP file format is additionally disclosed with Hancom Office". Download. Hancom. June 29, 2010.
  2. ^ 전환욱 [Jeon Hwan-uk] (2020-07-21). "[아주경제 오늘의 뉴스 종합] "정경심, '아래아한글' 못써"...'ᄒᆞᆫ글'로 위조했다는 검찰 공소장 흔들 外". Aju News. Retrieved 2020-11-26.
  3. ^ "한컴, 아래아한글 기술세미나 개최". Digital Times. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2020-11-26 – via Naver News.
  4. ^ Hancom Takes Vision of Information Independence to the Globe
  5. ^ "한컴 오피스, 3월 3일 출시 February 2, 2010". Bloter.net. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-18.

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