WinHex is a commercial disk editor and universal hexadecimal editor (hex editor) used for data recovery and digital forensics.[1] [2]

WinHex, made by X-Ways Software Technology AG of Germany, is a software application that can be used as an advanced hex editor, a tool for data analysis, editing, and recovery, a data wiping tool, and a forensics tool used for evidence gathering. Customers using WinHex include academics and forensics practitioners [3], the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Hewlett Packard, National Semiconductor, law enforcement agencies, and other companies with data recovery and protection needs.[4]

WinHex, compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10 [5], offers the ability to: [6]

  1. Read and directly edit hard drives (FAT and NTFS), floppy disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, Compact Flash cards, and other media
  2. Read and directly edit RAM
  3. Interpret 20 data types
  4. Edit partition tables, boot sectors, and other data structures using templates
  5. Join and split files
  6. Analyze and compare files
  7. Search and replace
  8. Clone and image drives
  9. Recover data
  10. Encrypt files (128-bit strength)
  11. Create hashes and checksums
  12. Wipe drives

Forensics features with a Specialist license [7]) include the ability to:[6]

  1. Gather free and slack space
  2. Search for text based on keywords
  3. Create tab-delimited tables of drive contents. These tables can be imported into a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel and sorted


  1. ^WinHex 15.9, CNET. January 23, 2011.
  2. ^Kamble, Dhwaniket Ramesh; Jain, Nilakshi (2015). “Digital Forensic Tools: A Comparative Approach” (PDF). International Journal of Advance Research in Science and Engineering. 4 (3).
  3. ^Tu, Manghui; et al. (2012). “On the Development of a Digital Forensics Curriculum”. Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law. 7 (3): 20 – via
  4. ^“WinHex: More Information”. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  5. ^“WinHex: Hex Editor & Disk Editor, Computer Forensics & Data Recovery Software”. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  6. ^ Jump up to:ab May 6, Michael Jackman in Microsoft on; 2003; Pst, 12:00 Am. “News, Tips, and Advice for Technology Professionals”. TechRepublic. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  7. ^“WinHex: Specialist Tools Menu”. Retrieved 2019-04-20.

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