Resource Hacker

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Resource Hacker
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Resource Hacker Screenshot
Developer(s) Angus Johnson
Initial release December 3, 1999 (1999-12-03)
Stable release 4.2.5 / August 17, 2015; 5 months ago (2015-08-17)
Development status Active
Written in Object Pascal
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Size 3.1 MB (after installation)
Available in English, Chinese, Japanese
Type Resource extractor & compiler
License Proprietary

Resource Hacker (also known as ResHacker or ResHack) is a free resource extraction utility and resource compiler for Windows developed by Angus Johnson. It can be used to add, modify or replace most resources within Windows binaries including strings, images, dialogs, menus, VersionInfo and Manifest resources. It can also create resource files (*.res) from scratch and the latest release (May 2, 2015) provides a number of text templates to facilitate this.

The utility is widely used.

In 2002, the author stated that he had "no plans to continue development".[1] However since then he has released three more updates, with the latest version (Ver 4.0) having been released on May 2, 2015.

  • 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.
  • On May 2, 2015, version 4.0 was released with improved support for 32bit image files, resources can be started from scratch (with a number of resource templates), and numerous cosmetic improvements.

In 2011 the author stated that he would neither release nor sell the source code.


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

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