.HYP File Extension

File Type 1

Hyper Compressed Archive

Developer Peter Sawatzki and Klaus Peter Nischke
3.1  |  10 Votes
Category Compressed Files
Format Binary

What is an HYP file?

An HYP file is a compressed archive created by Hyper, an archiving utility for MS-DOS. It contains one or more compressed files. HYP files are compressed using a variant of Lempel-Ziv-Welch (LZW) compression.

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German developers Peter Sawatzki and Klaus Peter Nischke created Hyper in the late 1980s. This shareware utility allows MS-DOS users to compress one or more files and store them in an archive that uses the .hyp extension.

How to open an HYP file

You can use Hyper to extract the files an HYP file contains. Because Hyper is available only for MS-DOS, you may have to run it in an MS-DOS emulator, such as DOSbox.

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Updated January 31, 2023
File Type 2

Dictionary Information File

Developer Adobe Systems
1.8  |  5 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format Binary

What is an HYP file?

File used by Adobe products such as Illustrator, InDesign, and the older FreeHand software; contains dictionary information used by the spell checker; supports multiple languages.

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NOTE: HYP files are also used by other programs such as ACD Systems Canvas.

Programs that open or reference HYP files

Updated December 18, 2018

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