A custom editor extension for Visual Studio Code which provides a hex editor for viewing and manipulating files in their raw hexadecimal representation.
- Opening files as hex
- A data inspector for viewing the hex values as various different data types
- Editing with undo, redo, copy, and paste support
- Find and replace
How to Use
There are three ways to open a file in the hex editor:
- Right click a file -> Open With -> Hex Editor
- Trigger the command palette (F1) -> Open File using Hex Editor
- Trigger the command palette (F1) -> Reopen With -> Hex Editor
The hex editor can be set as the default editor for certain file types by using the
workbench.editorAssociations setting. For example, this would associate all files with extensions
.ini to use the hex editor by default:
Configuring the Data Inspector
By default, the data inspector is shown just to the right of the data grid (or decoded text if enabled), but it can be configured (via the
hexeditor.inspectorType setting) to instead show up while hovering over a data cell.
Another option is to give the data inspector a dedicated activity bar entry on the left (by setting
sidebar) that appears when the hex editor is opened, causing the explorer or whatever sidebar you had opened to be hidden. If preferred, the hex editor view can be dragged into another view by dragging the ⬡ icon onto one of the other views. This can be used in combination with the
hexeditor.dataInspector.autoReveal setting to avoid revealing the sidebar containing the data inspector altogether.
- Undoing a pending edit causes editor to get into a bad state #161
- Searching in large files can become hit or miss #149
To track all issues / file a new issue please go to the Github repo https://github.com/microsoft/vscode-hexeditor/issues