How to Read a Hex Fileby Aaron Wardell
Reading a hex file allows the user to view and alter specific areas of a file in a raw format (base-16) by keying in characters and numbers. A hex editor will give you the tools you need to analyze and perform necessary changes to a wide array of files at the hexadecimal level.
Download, install and use a hex editor
Download and install a hex editor. Once the installation file is successfully downloaded, run it and follow the onscreen instructions.
Open the hex editor, and import the file you wish to edit. This process will differ depending on the program you use, but it's a safe bet in most editors to click on the "File" menu, and then select "Open" to choose the file.
Perform the necessary tasks. Now that you see the hexadecimal version of the file, you can alter it. Depending on the functionality of your hex editor, you can find, replace, show particular strings and provide statistics for utilized values and characters.
- check Be careful when editing files with a hex editor, as you can easily type in the wrong values or alter something by mistake. Always make a backup before editing a file in a hex editor.