HDF® View

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Current Release: HDFView 3.1.0

HDFView Software

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.

New Features and Changes

The latest release of HDFView, version 3.1.0, is a major release that includes the following new features and changes:

  • This release was built and tested with HDF5-1.10.5, HDF 4.2.14, and Open JDK 11.
  • The HDFView software was reworked to reduce code duplication and to improve the display of objects. This will help significantly in maintaining the software.
  • HDFView can now be built without the HDF4 library.
  • Support has been added for building on PPC64LE with GTK+-3.0.

For a complete list of the new features and changes in this release, please see the Release Notes.

User’s Guides and Documentation

Available at the HDF Support Portal HDFView and Java Object Package Support page.

Pre-built Binary Distributions

HDFView-3.1.0-centos7_64.tar.gz 175.4 MB


HDFView-3.1.0-win10vs14_64.zip 199.4 MB


HDFView-3.1.0-win10vs15_64.zip 199.4 MB


HDFView-3.1.0-win7vs14_64.zip 199.4 MB


HDFView-3.1.0-osx1013_64.tar.gz 73.7 MB


    Windows ONLY: HDFView was built with VS, and it requires that the Visual C++ Redistributable Packages be installed on your machine. If you cannot access HDF5 files then you do not have these packages. You can obtain the latest supported Microsoft Visual C++ downloads HERE.

    Source Code

      For further details see the section on installing from source on the HDFView and Java Object Package Support page.
      Source is available from the HDFView Source Portal page.

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