.HWP File Extension

2 file types use the .hwp file extension.

Hangul Text Document

Developer N/A
3.1  |  118 Votes

What is an HWP file?

An HWP file may be a plain text document written using Hangul, the Korean alphabet. However, this kind of HWP file is uncommon, as the .hwp extension is now more commonly used for Hanword Documents.

How to open an HWP file

You can open an HWP file in Microsoft Notepad, Apple TextEdit, or any other text editor. You may have to install an Asian font pack to view the file's contents correctly.

How to convert an HWP file

After opening an HWP file in a text editor, you can use the text editor to convert the file to other text and document formats. For example, you can use Microsoft WordPad to convert HWP files to:

  • .RTF - Rich Text Format
  • .DOCX - Microsoft Word Document
  • .ODT - OpenDocument Text Document
  • .TXT - Plain Text
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Programs that open HWP files

Included with OS
Included with OS
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Hanword Document

Developer Hancom
3.1  |  112 Votes

An HWP file may also be a document created by Hancom Hanword, a Korean word processing application. HWP files typically contain text written using Hangul, the Korean alphabet. They may also contain graphics and document formatting information.

More Information

Screenshot of a .hwp file in Hancom Hanword 2022
HWP file open in Hancom Hanword 2022

Hanword, formerly known as Hangul Word Processor, is part of the Hancom Office suite. The Hancom Office suite is akin to Microsoft Office, and Hanword is akin to Microsoft Word. Users who need to write documents in Korean use Hanword to create HWP files.

You're most likely to encounter an HWP file while interacting with a South Korean person or organization. For example, some South Korean government agencies use documents saved as HWP files.

NOTE: Hanword is included in only the Korean version of Hancom Office.

How to open an HWP file

You can open any HWP file in Hancom Hanword (multiplatform), Hancom Office Viewer (iOS, Android), Polaris Office Web Hangul (Web), or Cloud HWP Viewer (Web). You can open HWP files created by Hangul Word Processor '97 and earlier versions in LibreOffice Writer (multiplatform), OpenOffice Writer (multiplatform), and Planamesa NeoOffice (Mac).

How to convert an HWP file

You can use Microsoft's free Hanword HWP Document Converter for Microsoft Word to convert HWP files to .DOCX files. You can use Cloud HWP Viewer to save an HWP file as a .ZIP file that includes an .HTML version of the file's contents.

If you are comfortable using a Korean language program, you can use Hancom Hanword to convert HWP files to the following formats:

  • .DOC, .DOCX - Microsoft Word Document
  • .HWDT - Thinkfree Office NEO Word Template
  • .TXT - Plain Text
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .ODT - OpenDocument Text Document
  • .HTML - Hypertext Markup Language
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic

Programs that open HWP files

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