HDF® View

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Current Release: HDFView 3.0

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 3.0, is a major release that includes the following new features and changes:

  • It supports 64-bit object identifiers, and uses the HDF-Java wrappers that were added to HDF5 and HDF4.
  • The GUI framework that HDFView uses was migrated from Swing to SWT, which provides a more native application look and feel and advanced support for tables.
  • The data views have been separated from the main HDFView window. The main HDFView window still displays open files and their structures on the left side of the window, and it now displays any metadata on the right side.
  • This release includes improved support for various datatypes (compound, array of compound, and opaque).

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

This version is built with the version of HDF5-1.10.3 and with HDF 4.2.14.  Many fixes and improvements have been added.

User’s Guides

User's Guide - Unix


6.10 MB
User's Guide - Windows


6.50 MB

    Pre-built Binary Distributions

    HDFView - CentOS 7 181.85 MB
    HDFView - CentOS 7 - MD5 0.03 KB
    HDFView – Mac OSX 122.34 MB
    HDFView – Windows 7 – 32-bit 90.78 MB
    HDFView – Windows 7 – 32-bit – MD5 0.03 KB
    HDFView – Windows 7 – 64-bit 92.60 MB
    HDFView – Windows 7 – 64-bit – MD5 0.03 KB
    HDFView – Windows 10 – 64-bit 99.01 MB
    HDFView – Windows 10 – 64-bit – MD5 0.03 KB

      Windows ONLY: HDFView was built with VS 2015, 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 them HERE.

      Source Code

      HDFView 3.0 Source - Unix

      Unix style line endings

      74.15 MB
      HDFView 3.0 Source - Windows

      Windows line endings

      74.03 MB

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

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