hexedit is a utility that lets you view and edit files in hexadecimal or in ASCII.
hexedit shows a file both in ASCII and in hexadecimal. The file can be a device as the file is read a piece at a time. You can modify the file and search through it.
At the bottom of the display you have the modeline (copied from Emacs). As in eEmacs, you have the indications –, ** and %% meaning unmodified, modified and read-only. Then you have the name of the file you’re currently editing. Next to it is the current position of the cursor in the file followed by the total file size.
You can edit in ASCII or in hexadecimal. You can switch between the two with Tab. When the file is read-only, you can’t edit it. When trying to edit a read-only file, a message (“File is read-only”) tells you it is non-writable.
You can search for a string in ASCII or in hexadecimal. You can switch between the two with Tab. If the string is found, the cursor is moved to the beginning of the matching location.
This program is free and open source software.
Developer: Pascal Rigaux
License: GNU General Public License version 2 or (at your option) any later version
hexedit is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.
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