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HQX file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .hqx file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .hqx file?
  • What program do I need to open a .hqx file?
  • How can the .hqx file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .hqx files to another format?
  • Where can I find the specifications for .hqx?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .hqx extension?

We hope you find this page helpful and a valuable resource!

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

Macintosh BinHex Encoded File

HQX file is a Macintosh BinHex encoded file. BinHex encoding converts an 8-bit file into a 7-bit format. It was similar to Uuencode, but combined both "forks" of the Mac file system together, along with extended file information. BinHexed files take up more space than the original files, but are far less likely to be corrupted in transit.
Category: Data files
Application: BinHex
Mime-type: application/mac-binhex
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
HQX aliases:
HQX related links:
HQX related extensions:
Uuencoded Data

Xxencoded Data

BinHex 2.0 Encoded Data

Base64 Encoded Data

Boo Encoded Data

BinHex Encoded Data

MIME Encoded Data

BinHex Encoded Archive

Other types of files may also use the .hqx file extension.

The .hqx file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

hq, tqx, mqx, hxq, hqz, qx, jqx, hx

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

Apple ProRes 422 HQ Video
NZ Infoshare Table Query File
Haxe Source Code
Microsoft Help 2 Query Data
Malete Query Access File
Quexal Source Code
Quex Input File

Can't open a .hqx file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .hqx file association, check the FAQ.

Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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