HexEditor - plugin detail

A hexadecimal editor that can be opened from the context menu.

NetBeans Plugin - HexEditor
Plugin owner: twerner
Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/nbhexedit/
Added: 2011-09-23
License: BSD
Category: Editing
Downloaded: 3,459 times
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Download plugin   Download size: 0.02 MB   Last Update: 2012-01-25

This plugin is also available on the NetBeans Plugin Portal Update Center. Use 'Tools > Plugins' action from the NetBeans IDE main menu for convenient installation of this plugin

What's new in this version

  • Support for switchable encodings
  • Improved platform integration

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A hexadecimal editor that can be opened from the context menu of all files. The plugin fully supports Undo/Redo. Changes are buffered and written to disk only when you save the file. The data is shown in hexadecimal and as text dump with switchable encodings. This is really useful if you want to inspect a file containing text without knowing the used encoding.

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User Comments


Compatible to NB 8.1 ?

is this plugin at least usable wihtout danger in NB 8.1?

Thanks, Ulf
Posted by ulfzibis on Apr 20, 2016

After installing, can't open files with enter anymore.

After installing this plugin, I tried to open a .gitignore file, readme.md or a simple .txt file with select the file in the Project window and hit enter, I only here a sound but I can't open the file. Double click has the same problem. Only on right click the file, open, I can open it. This is a strange bug. Please can you fix it?


Posted by ChrisLE on Jun 27, 2014

Default editor problem caused by too low 'position'

In Installer.java , the position attribute is set to 175.
This causes the "Open as Hex" action to be the first action in the list for all "unknown" file types. Increasing it to 250 seems to resolve the problem.

To "patch" an existing installation go to the "NetBeans config"/Loaders directory, and update
<attr name="position" intvalue="175"/>
to 250 in the .nbattrs files in the subtree
Posted by nmnilssen on Jul 05, 2012

Good Editor bad installation decisons

Excellent editor but it installs as the default editor, awful decision, and does not appear in the plugin manager so can't be deactivated or uninstalled.
Posted by aschwarz1309 on May 28, 2012

Nice, but...

I totally agree, it is a worthy plugin, but HexEditor as default is so aggravating, I will disable the plugin until this gets fixed. Otherwise good work!
Posted by elvizzz on Feb 29, 2012

Nice, but...

The plugin installed well, integrates well and is usefull, but putted itself as the default action for opening a file. If it installed itself as an alternative, it wil be very nice! also, a number encoding view at the pointer position will be very usefull (for viewing files with data, so the data at pointer position is viewed as int, float, bigdecimal, etc. (I mean not serialized, just data in binary format.).
Best regards, and congrats for the nice work!
Posted by flavio_prado on Feb 17, 2012