ImHex – Hex Editor For Reverse Engineers

Hex Editor
Hex Editor

ImHex – A Hex Editor for Reverse Engineers And Programmers


  • Featureful hex view
  • Byte patching
  • Patch management
  • Copy bytes as feature
  • Bytes
  • Hex string
  • C, C++, C#, Rust, Python, Java & JavaScript array
  • ASCII-Art hex view
  • HTML self contained div
  • String and hex search
  • Colorful highlighting
  • Goto from start, end and current cursor position
  • Custom C++-like pattern language for parsing highlighting a file’s content
  • Automatic loading based on MIME type
  • arrays, pointers, structs, unions, enums, bitfields, using declarations, little and big endian support, conditionals and much more!
  • Useful error messages, syntax highlighting and error marking
  • Data importing
  • Base64 files
  • IPS and IPS32 patches
  • Data exporting
  • IPS and IPS32 patches
  • Data inspector allowing interpretation of data as many different types (little and big endian)
  • Huge file support with fast and efficient loading
  • String search
  • Copying of strings
  • Copying of demangled strings
  • File hashing support
  • CRC16 and CRC32 with custom initial values and polynomials
  • MD4, MD5
  • SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512

Disassembler supporting many different architectures

  • ARM32 (ARM, Thumb, Cortex-M, AArch32)
  • ARM64
  • MIPS (MIPS32, MIPS64, MIPS32R6, Micro)
  • x86 (16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit)
  • PowerPC (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • IBM SystemZ
  • xCORE
  • M68K
  • TMS320C64X
  • M680X
  • Ethereum
  • RISC-V
  • WebAssembly
  • MOS65XX
  • Berkeley Packet Filter


  • Region highlighting
  • Comments

Data Analyzer

  • File magic-based file parser and MIME type database
  • Byte distribution graph
  • Entropy graph
  • Highest and avarage entropy
  • Encrypted / Compressed file detection

Built-in Content Store

  • Download all files found in the database directly from within ImHex

Yara Rules support

  • Quickly scan a file for vulnerabilities with official yara rules

Helpful tools

  • Itanium and MSVC demangler
  • ASCII table
  • Regex replacer
  • Mathematical expression evaluator (Calculator)
  • Hexadecimal Color picker
  • Base converter
  • UNIX Permissions calculator
  • Anonfiles File upload tool
  • Wikipedia term definition finder
  • File utilities
  • File splitter
  • File combiner
  • File shredder


ImHex Editor Pattern
ImHex Editor Pattern
ImHex Editor
ImHex Editor

Pattern Language

The custom C-like Pattern Language developed and used by ImHex Hex editor is easy to read, understand and learn. A guide with all features of the langauge can be found in the wiki or a simpler version in ImHex under Help -> Pattern Language Cheat Sheet.


To use ImHex, the following minimal system requirements need to be met:

  • OS: Windows 7 or higher, macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or higher, “Modern” Linux (Ubuntu 22.04, Fedora 36/37, RHEL/AlmaLinux 9, and Arch Linux have official packages, other and older distributions can use the AppImage)
  • CPU: x86_64 (64 Bit)
  • GPU: OpenGL 3.0 or higher
    Intel HD drivers are really buggy and often cause graphic artifacts
    In case you don’t have a GPU available, there are software rendered releases available for Windows and macOS
  • RAM: 256MB, more may be required for more complicated analysis
    Storage: 100MB

Additional Files

For format patterns, includable libraries and magic files, check out the ImHex-Patterns repository. Feel free to PR your own files there as well!

Nightly builds

Nightlies are available via GitHub Actions here.

  • Windows


Simply run the installer to install ImHex on your system


Extract the zip file to any location on your system.

  • macOS

Simply use the drag-n-drop dmg package to install ImHex on your system. It’s possible that you need to allow the app to run in the security settings.

  • Linux


To run the AppImage, make sure it’s executable. Then simply run it.

chmod +x imhex-*.AppImage


To compile ImHex on any platform, GCC (or Clang) is required with a version that supports C++23 or higher. On macOS, Clang is also required to compile some ObjC code. All releases are being built using latest available GCC.

Many dependencies are bundled into the repository using submodules so make sure to clone it using the –recurse-submodules option. All dependencies that aren’t bundled, can be installed using the dependency installer scripts found in the /dist folder.

Windows and Linux

On Windows, ImHex is built through msys2 / mingw. To install all dependencies, open a mys2 window and run the PKGCONFIG script in the (dist/msys2)[dist/msys2] folder. After all the dependencies are installed, run the following commands to build ImHex:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make -j

To create a standalone zipfile on Windows, get the Python standard library (e.g. from and place the files and folders in lib/python3.8 next to your built executable. Don’t forget to also copy the libpython3.8.dll and libwinpthread-1.dll from your mingw setup next to the executable.

On both Windows and Linux:

  • Copy the files from python_libs in the lib folder next to your built executable.
  • Place your magic databases in the magic folder next to your built executable
  • Place your patterns in the pattern folder next to your built executable
  • Place your include pattern files in the include folder next to your built executable


To build ImHex on macOS, run the following commands:

brew bundle --no-lock --file dist/Brewfile
mkdir build
cd build
CC=$(brew --prefix llvm)/bin/clang CXX=$(brew --prefix llvm)/bin/clang++ PKG_CONFIG_PATH="$(brew --prefix openssl)/lib/pkgconfig":"$(brew --prefix)/lib/pkgconfig" cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make -j

Install the ImHex executable as well as libimhex.dylib to wherever ImHex should be installed.

All other files belong in ~/Library/Application Support/imhex:

Patterns: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/patterns
Pattern Includes: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/includes
Magic files: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/magic
Python: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/lib/pythonX.X
Plugins: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/plugins
Configuration: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/config
Resources: ~/Library/Application Support/imhex/resources


Dependency installation scripts are available for many common Linux distributions in the (/dist)[dist] folder. After all the dependencies are installed, run the following commands to build ImHex:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make -j

Put the ImHex executable into the /usr/bin folder. Put into the /usr/lib folder. Configuration files go to /etc/xdg/imhex or ~/.config/imhex. All other files belong in /usr/share/imhex or ~/.local/share/imhex:

Patterns: /usr/share/imhex/patterns
Pattern Includes: /usr/share/imhex/includes
Magic files: /usr/share/imhex/magic
Python: /usr/share/imhex/lib/pythonX.X
Plugins: /usr/share/imhex/plugins
Configuration: /etc/xdg/imhex/config
Resources: /usr/share/imhex/resources

All paths follow the XDG Base Directories standard, and can thus be modified with the environment variables XDG_CONFIG_HOME, XDG_CONFIG_DIRS, XDG_DATA_HOME and XDG_DATA_DIRS.

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Also See: GDA- Android Reverse Engineering Suite

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