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File TypeBinHex 4.0 Encoded File

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This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

What is an HQX file?

An HQX file is a binary to hexadecimal text file created for Mac computers. It contains data that has been compressed and encoded from an 8-bit binary format into a 7-bit text format. The file can be useful for transferring binary images, documents, and multimedia as text in email attachments.

More Information

HQX files help to maintain file integrity for Internet downloads, email attachments, and other file transfers since they combine the data fork and resource fork from the Mac HFS structure into a single archive.

BinHex 4.0 files take up more disk space than their original binary file. They always begin with the line "(This file must be converted with Binhex 4.0)."

Programs that open HQX files
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Corel WinZip 20
ESTsoft ALZip
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
Apple Archive Utility
Updated 5/18/2016