ImHex – Hex Editor for Hackers, Reverse Engineers and Programmers

ImHex - Hex Editor Graphical User Interface for Hackers, Reverse Engineers and Programmers


ImHex is a Hex Editor that included so many features with interactive graphical user interface (GUI) for Reverse Engineers, Programmers and people that value their eye sight when working at 3 AM.

Pattern Language

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

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!


  • 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)
    • SPARC
    • IBM SystemZ
    • xCORE
    • M68K
    • TMS320C64X
    • M680X
    • Ethereum
  • Bookmarks
    • Region highlighting
    • Comments
  • Data Analyzer
    • File magic-based file parser and MIME type database
    • Byte distribution graph
    • Entropy graph
    • Highest and average entropy
    • Encrypted / Compressed file detection
  • Helpful tools
    • Itanium and MSVC demangler
    • ASCII table
    • Regex replacer
    • Mathematical expression evaluator (Calculator)
    • Hexadecimal Color picker
  • Built-in cheat sheet for pattern language and Math evaluator
  • Doesn’t burn out your retinas when used in late-night sessions


Nightly builds

Nightlies are available via GitHub Actions here.


You need a C++20 compatible compiler such as GCC 10.2.0 to compile ImHex. Moreover, the following dependencies are needed for compiling ImHex:

  • GLFW3
  • libmagic, libgnurx, libtre, libintl, libiconv
  • libmbedtls
  • capstone
  • Python3
  • freetype2
  • Brew (macOS only)
  • Xcode (macOS only)


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.

  • 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

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