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VersionHDFView 3.1.2
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HDFView 3.1.2 was built and tested with HDF5-1.10.7, HDF 4.2.15, and openjdk 15. 

The source code and pre-built binaries are provided in the table below.

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

  • Using an application image. This method simply requires running the provided executable to obtain the software.
  • Running an installer. This method runs an installer (eg .exe) that sets up file associations and menu items.

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

See Known Problems if you encounter any issues.

  Location of Software:

File (and sha256 file)TypeOperating SystemComment
hdfview-3.1.2.tar.gz (sha256)Source CodeUnixCompressed source.  Build Instructions (sha256)Source CodeWindowsCompressed source zip file.  Build Instructions
HDFView User's GuideDocumentation PDF
UsersGuide.tar.gz (sha256)DocumentationUnixHTML; Compressed documentation (sha256)DocumentationWindowsHTML; Compressed documentation
HDFView-3.1.2-centos7_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binaryLinux 3.10 CentOS 7 x86_64Compressed pre-built binary; uses installer --see * above)
HDFView-3.1.2-osx1014_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binarymacOS 10.14Compressed pre-built binary; uses installer --see * above) (sha256)Pre-built binaryWindows 10 64-bit

Compressed pre-built binary; uses installer – see * above) 

Please see Known Problems if you are unable to launch HDFView

HDFViewApp-3.1.2-centos7_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binaryLinux 3.10 CentOS 7 x86_64Application Image (see * above)   
HDFViewApp-3.1.2-osx1014_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binarymacOS 10.14Application Image (see * above) (sha256)Pre-built binaryWindows 10 64-bit

Application Image (see * above) 

Please see Known Problems if you are unable to launch HDFView

All ready-to-use pre-built binariesPre-built binaryUnix and WindowsAll pre-built HDFView binary distributions provided

Known Problems In This Release

  • Workaround for issue with launching HDFView:
    A path issue which causes HDFView to fail to launch can be resolved by downloading the script below that pertains to your platform:
    The script should be placed in the HDFView installation directory, where the HDFView executable is located.
  • MacOS 11.0 and 10.15 are not currently supported due to a notification signing issue. We are working on this issue and will provide the binary distributions for these platforms as they become available.

  • If installing HDFView with the installer method, please be aware that the installer does NOT overwrite "hardcoded" associations.  If there is a pre-existing user-defined file association, you must manually associate the extension with the HDFView application.

  • The Ubuntu HDFView binary distribution fails to install on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, with the error version GLIBC_2.32 not found. Upgrading to 20.10 should provide GLIBC_2.32 along with the 5.8 kernel.

Please see the release notes for more information on known problems.

Release Notes

The current HDFView products can be downloaded at:

HDF Libraries
This release was built and tested with HDF 4.2.15 and HDF5 1.10.7.

Windows ONLY: HDFView built with VS 2015 will require 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 from:

This release was built and tested with OpenJDK 15. It uses modules and the
newest jpackage for distribution.

Major Enhancements
    *  Converted to OpenJDK modules, for a smaller footprint and packaging
      improvements. Now uses the jpackage command for bundling HDFView and
      the JRE into a platform specific application.

Major Bug Fixes
    * Converted to Java Modules.

    * Updated all SWT libraries.

    * Resolved an issue with netcdf dimensions

    * Fixed a bug with changing the working directory.

    * Added code to use committed datatypes in creating new objects.

    * Fixed enum creation and use.

Limitations / Known Problems
    * HDFView currently cannot nicely handle large datasets when using the
      default display mode, as the data is loaded in its entirety. To view
      large datasets, it is recommended to right click on a data object and
      use the "Open As" menu item, where a subset of data to view can be

    * Writing of variable-length types other than variable-length strings is
      currently unsupported.

    * Object/region references can't be opened by a double-click or by
      right-clicking and choosing "Show As Table/Image" when inside a compound

    * If a file is opened in read-only mode, right-clicking on a dataset in
      in the tree view and choosing any of the options under the
      "Export Dataset" menu item will fail with a message of
      'Unable to export dataset: Unable to open file'. The current workaround
      is to re-open the file in read/write mode.

    * The 'Recent Files' button does not work on Mac due to a cross-platform
      issue with SWT.

    * Selecting and changing individual points in PaletteView for an image
      palette is broken.

    * Logging and optional HDF4 requires rebuilds from source.

Other Notes

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