Hex Editors

Cygnus Hex Editor
License: Shareware – $39.00 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-29
Version: 2.50 – Released: 2005-10-17 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 564 KB
“Cygnus is optimized to give you the fastest hex editing available anywhere. Use it to easily work with virtually any type of file. Features: Fast, simple operation; delete or insert characters as easily as with any word processor; Blazingly fast search algorithm quickly searches/replaces any combination of text and binary data; Multi-level undo and redo; Extensive drag and drop support; MDI (Multiple Document Interface) design allows side-by-side file editing; supports multiple windows on the same file; Edit files up to available virtual memory (up to 2GB).”
Anchor Link Free Hex Editor Neo
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-11-01
Version: – Released: 2012-11-01 Windows: XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 9.84 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Hex Editor product family is a set of file editing tools for Windows with advanced binary editing capabilities. Basic features include data editing, exchanging data with other applications through the Clipboard, inserting new data and deleting existing data, and others. Advanced features include multiple selection, powerful Find All and Replace All commands, Goto and Fill commands, Bookmarks and printing capabilities. Hex Editor is highly optimized to quickly perform the requested actions and easily opens files up to 15 TB! It also allows to continue working with a document while another document is busy performing a lengthy operation.”
Anchor Link Frhed
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2010-07-29
Version: 1.6.0 – Released: 2009-06-23 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 306 KB
“Frhed is an binary file editor for Windows. It is small but has many advanced features like ability to load big files partially. Features:
♦ Editable file size limited only by available system memory
♦ Load files partially
♦ Export as hexdump to file or clipboard
♦ Search for any combination of text and binary values
♦ Compare files”
Anchor Link HxD
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-10
Version: – Released: 2009-04-03 Windows: All
File Size: 852 KB
“HxD is a carefully designed and fast hex editor including raw disk editing, modifying foreign RAM and handling files of any size. Its clear interface offers searching/replacing, exporting, checksums/digests, insertion of byte patterns, a file shredder, concatenation or splitting of files, statistics and more.
“Editing works like in a text editor with functions streamlined to hide differences that are purely technical. For example you can view a drive just as one stream, can open it under Windows 9x or Windows NT+, undo, search, save, export or whatever you could do with a file. There is no sector-limited editing that gets in your way.
“The same holds true for the file size (also greater than 4 GB), which doesn’t affect editing speed and still supports undo. Or have a look at the RAM-editor that supports data-folding on every memory section and hides by default inaccessible memory, for a better overview but keeps the real offsets.”
Anchor Link WinHexupdate
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Version: 17.1 – Released: 2013-05-14 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 1.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“WinHex is a universal hexadecimal editor, particularly helpful in the realm of computer forensics, data recovery, low-level data processing, and IT security. An advanced tool for everyday and emergency use: inspect and edit all kinds of files, recover deleted files or lost data from hard drives with corrupt file systems or from digital camera cards.
“Disk editor for hard disks, floppy disks, CD-ROM and DVD, ZIP, Smart Media, Compact Flash,… Powerful directory browser for FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS. RAM editor, providing access to other processes’ virtual memory. Data interpreter, knowing 20 data types. Editing data structures using templates (e.g. to repair partition table/boot sector). Concatenating and splitting files, unifying and dividing odd and even bytes/words. Analyzing and comparing files. Particularly flexible search and replace functions. And much more…
“WinHex does not store its configuration in the system registry. No initialization files are created in the Windows directory. Instead WinHex uses its own file ‘WinHex.cfg’, located in the WinHex folder.”
Anchor Link XVI32 Hex Editor Stanley’s Pick
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-06-30
Version: 2.55 – Released: 2012-06-29 Windows: All
File Size: 557 KB Portable
“Hex editing can be accomplished via a number of advanced text tools, which allow you to alter and manipulate the binary data that forms and defines the files on your computer. With the assistance of a hex editor, you will be able to view, inspect and modify the raw contents of any type of file in hexadecimal format.
“If you’re ever in need for such a utility, XVI32 fits the job perfectly, because it can deal with very large files, has a built-in data inspector and an efficient script interpreter for automating tasks. It’s completely portable, so you will be able to store it on a removable drive and run it from there, without affecting in any way your system’s registry.”