HDF® View

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Current Release: HDFView 3.3.2

HDFView Software

The HDFView Logo, HDF in blue and green with a magnifying glass examining a file tree.

HDFView software consists of the HDFView utility and the Java HDF Object Package.

HDFView is a visual tool written in Java for browsing and editing HDF (HDF5 and HDF4) files. Using HDFView, you can:

  • View a file hierarchy in a tree structure
  • Create new files, add or delete groups and datasets
  • View and modify the content of a dataset
  • Add, delete and modify attributes

HDFView uses the Java HDF Object Package, which implements HDF4 and HDF5 data objects in an object-oriented form.

User’s Guides and Documentation

UsersGuide.zip 9.16 MB
UsersGuide.tar.gz 8.33 MB

    Pre-built Binary Distributions

    Note: This release provides two ways to install the HDFView pre-built binary distribution for a platform:

    • Running an installer. The installer uses a system specific program to install the HDFView application on the target system.
    • Using an application image. This method simply requires running the provided executable to obtain the software. The application image is a folder/file image of the HDFView application. The user must setup any shortcuts or file associations.

    Once you have uncompressed the downloaded pre-built binary file, refer to the provided README file for details.


    HDFView-3.3.2-Darwin.tar.gz 120 MB


    HDFView-3.3.2-Linux-x86_64.tar.gz 117 MB


    HDFView-3.3.2-win64.zip 70.6 MB


      Application Images

      HDFView-3.3.2App-Darwin.tar.gz 112 MB


      HDFView-3.3.2App-Linux-x86_64.tar.gz 140 MB


      HDFView-3.3.2App-win64.zip 114 MB


        Source Code

        For further details see How to Build HDFView from Source.

        HDFView-3.3.2.zip 237 MB


        HDFView-3.3.2.tar.gz 236 MB


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