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Developer(s) X-Ways
Stable release
19.6 / March 9, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-03-09)
Operating system Windows
Type Hex editor
License Proprietary commercial software

WinHex is a disk editor and a hex editor useful in data recovery and digital forensics.[1]

WinHex, made by X-Ways Software Technology AG of Germany, is a powerful application that you can use as an advanced hex editor, a tool for data analysis, editing, and recovery, a data wiping tool, and a forensics tool used for evidence gathering. Customers using WinHex include the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Hewlett Packard, National Semiconductor, several law enforcement agencies, and many other companies with data recovery and protection needs.

WinHex, which is compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10 (older versions available upon request), offers the ability to:

  1. Read and directly edit hard drives (FAT and NTFS), floppy disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, Compact Flash cards, and other media
  2. Read and directly edit RAM
  3. Interpret 20 data types
  4. Edit partition tables, boot sectors, and other data structures using templates
  5. Join and split files
  6. Analyze and compare files
  7. Search and replace
  8. Clone and image drives
  9. Recover data
  10. Encrypt files (128-bit strength)
  11. Create hashes and checksums
  12. Wipe drives

Forensics features (which require a Specialist license) include the ability to:

  1. Gather free and slack space
  2. Search for text based on keywords
  3. Create tab-delimited tables of drive contents. These tables can be imported into a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel and sorted


  1. ^ WinHex 15.9, CNET. January 23, 2011.

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