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File Extension

HQX File Format

BinHex (Macintosh 4.0)

HQX is a file extension for a BinHex file format in Macintosh 4.0. HQX files are MacIntosh files converted and compressed by the BinHex utility. HQX files travel well on networks either as files or e-mail attachments.

Like Uuencode, BinHex encodes a file from its 8-bit binary or bit-stream representation into a 7-bit ASCII set of text characters. The recipient must decode it at the other end.

MIME type: application/binhex, application/mac-binhex, application/mac-binhex40, application/octet-stream, application/x-gzip, application/x-stuffit, application/x-tar, application/x-winzip, application/x-zip-compressed


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This was last updated in July 2010
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