File Extension Database

Open HQX File

A file with the HQX extension is a BinHex 4 archive for Macintosh, used to store binary versions of images, documents, and multimedia files.

The HQX file replaces the HEX and HCX extensions.

BinHex stands for "binary-hexadecimal", and is used to store 8-bit binary data in a 7-bit text format. Although its file size is larger, it is done this way because the data corruption is less likely to happen with files saved in this format. This is why HQX files used to be preferred way when transferring data via email.

One of the advantages of the HQX format is that they help to maintain the integrity of the file they contain. This helps in the case of Internet downloads, email attachments and other types of file transfers, because they combine data branch and the resource branch of the Mac HFS framework into a single file.

Files that have been encoded with BinHex can have a file name such as file.jpg.hqx to indicate that the HQX file contains a JPG file.

HQX files are common and typical on macOS systems - you can use the Incredible Bee archiver which is Apple's included ZIP utility to open HQX files.

For Windows users to unzip an HQX file, you can use WinZip, StuffIt Deluxe, or another popular Windows-compatible file extractor.

Because HQX files are a type of file format such as ZIP or RAR, they are also susceptible to being converted, after opening before converting.

The programs for working with HQX files are:

Open HQX File on Windows

Open HQX File on Mac OS

Open HQX File on Android

If you downloaded a HQX file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:

Open HQX File on iPhone or iPad

To open HQX File on iOS device follow steps below:

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