HxD Hex Editor

HxD Hex Editor

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.7
out of 51 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.7.7
File Size:
851.59KB
Date Added:
April 08, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
2,689,707
Downloads Last Week:
10,268
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

HxD is a freeware hex editor, a tool that can open and edit computer code. In the right hands, it's a powerful utility that can inspect, compare, and verify files, disks, disk images, memory, and log files; patch errors, and repair disk structures.

Pros

Really big data: HxD's current version handles large data sets. If it fits on a disk, HxD can open it -- fast search and replace functions, too.

Standard options: HxD packs lots of useful extras, like a checksum generator, multiple charset support, RAM editor, ghost caret, file shredder, splitting and joining, unlimited undo, and a portable version.

Export data: HxD exports data to source code (C, C#, Java, Pascal, and VB.NET) or to hex formats.

Cons

Not for the inexperienced user: This isn't a flaw in the tool; it's just worth noting that this is geared toward advanced users.

Bottom Line

With an attractive, efficient interface and an extensive menu of powerful tools and extras, HxD delivers the goods. And if you need a feature that HxD doesn't have, the developer wants to know about it. Coders, system administrators, and advanced users will want HxD in their toolkits.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.7

    out of 51 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current Version:

    4.7

    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 38
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent hex editor"

    December 25, 2013   |   By Kaixr

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    Well made with attention to detail, free, fast, ad-free.

    Cons

    Good software, though a new version wouldn't hurt.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great. Nice interface."

    October 21, 2013   |   By mcoates78

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    Works great. Nice interface.

    Cons

    I did not have any problems with it.

    Summary

    Give it a try. Can't beat the price.

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  • 5 stars

    "Still the best Hex Editor made, by a long shot"

    July 31, 2013   |   By MMOSimca

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    Free!
    Incredibly fast speed, even when the files being read are massive.
    Search functionality is excellent - it supports a large amount of different search options and can even find if the thing you're searching for was written -backwards-.

    Cons

    Hasn't been updated in several years.
    Would be nice if it had a built in hex-decimal-binary calculator.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Piece of Software"

    December 18, 2012   |   By falexge

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    Lightweight, Opens files quickly and most importantly, free

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 5 stars

    "Best editor and its free..."

    November 26, 2012   |   By nema101

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    Fast and accurate

    Cons

    I have not had any issues with this application.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Editor"

    September 29, 2012   |   By cnet_news

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    RAW-disk editing and modifying

    Cons

    Did not find any

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  • 5 stars

    "This Hex editor did everything exactly as advertised."

    May 11, 2012   |   By lmckirahan

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    When you need to see ansii characters and only the hex is available, an editor like "HxD Hex Editor" has everything you need in a very user friendly package.

    Cons

    Not one thing would I change in this editor.

    Summary

    Top of the line. The fact is that CNET,,(the most trusted name I believe, in shareware and freeware downloads), proved once again how valuable they are to us all.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simply the best for free low-level editing"

    April 14, 2012   |   By tallmabey

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    HxD is awesome! I can't count the number of times I've needed to view or edit a file or disk at the binary level, and every time I've been able to rely on HxD to get the job done. Granted, this isn't a program for which a lot of people will have a need, but for those of us that work with software at a lower level, it's SO nice to be able to turn to HxD and know you'll be able to do what you need to.

    I love being able to change the column width and the encoding so easily, and even though I haven't yet had a use to open sections of RAM with HxD, I've got to admit that it's an impressive feature.

    Cons

    None. 100% reliable in my experience.

    Summary

    One example where HxD saved me was when I needed to fix the master boot record of my new MacBook Pro about a year ago (still having buyers remorse over that...) because I was setting it up to do triple booting, and I was able to calculate the partition entries and enter them directly into the boot sector using HxD.

    Like I said earlier, where HxD really shines is when working on tasks that a relatively small percentage of computer users will ever even attempt. But because of its solid performance and low memory usage, it's a tool I always make sure to install on every new build of Windows that I install for myself.

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  • 4 stars

    "Hex Editor was easy to download and install"

    January 31, 2012   |   By lmayojr

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    I was able to repair 2 hard drives that were invalid.

    Cons

    I'm new at editing hard drive code and was'nt shure what to do, but after a few internet searches I found some instruction on what lines to edit.
    Its a good program I need more study perhaps (Hex Editing for Dummies)

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple, Robust, Effective"

    January 19, 2012   |   By Preetam_Das

    Version: HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7

    Pros

    Fast, Small memory footprint, Easy to use, Automatically creates a backup of the original file before making any modifications

    Cons

    Lack of help file makes hex-editing a tough game for beginners

    Summary

    An excellent product, does exactly what it's built for... not a resource hog.

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