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shed (Simple Hex Editor) is an easy application for viewing and editing files in text mode, using ncurses. The main features are:

  • Displays each byte as ascii, hex, decimal, octal and binary;
  • Allows changes to be input in all of the above displayed modes, with bit toggling in the binary column;
  • Simple Pico-style interface;
  • Search resource;
  • Can dump information to file;
  • Small memory requirements because file is not loaded into memory;
  • Large file support.

shed is useful in forensics investigations.

Installed size: 58 KB
How to install: sudo apt install shed

  • libc6
  • libncurses6
  • libtinfo6

Simple hex editor with a pico-style interface

root@kali:~# shed -h
usage: shed [OPTIONS] [FILE]

  -r / --readonly       open FILE read only
  -s / --start=OFFSET   position cursor to offset
  -H / --hex            start with hex offsets
  -L / --length         set length (for device files)
  -h / --help           show help and exit
  -v / --version        show version and exit

Updated on: 2022-Nov-18