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Binary Hexadecimal(BinHex) is a method for converting binary files into ASCII for transmission by applications, such as e-mail, that can handle only ASCII. BinHex conversion allows you to send word processing, spreadsheet, and application files via email or SFTP. BinHex files were typically given the file extension of .hex or .hqx. The contents of a BinHex file has a message on the first line identifying it as BinHexed, followed by many 64-character lines made up of seemingly random letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. Most applications automatically invoke a decoder such as StuffIt Expander to decode BinHexed files.