BinHex vs. Windows

You got an email attachment with an DOC/PPT/XLS etc. extension but when you open it via Microsoft Office you get an cryptic output and the first line of that document tells you this:

(This file must be converted with BinHex 4.0)

What’s that?

It’s a BIN file send by a Mac OS X user (mostly) but the extension is set wrong (intentional or accidently!?!?).

So what now?

You can decode that BIN file via these two tools:

StuffIt Expander


Decode Shell Extension <- My favorite

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