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VersionHDFView 3.1.3
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HDFView 3.1.3 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-3.1.3.tar.gz (sha256)Source CodeUnixCompressed source.  Build Instructions (sha256)Source CodeWindowsCompressed source zip file.  Build Instructions

HDFView User's Guide

Documentation PDF

UsersGuide.tar.gz (sha256)

DocumentationUnixHTML; Compressed documentation (sha256)DocumentationWindowsHTML; Compressed documentation
HDFView-3.1.3-centos7_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binaryLinux 3.10 CentOS 7 x86_64Compressed pre-built binary; uses installer --see * above)
HDFView-3.1.3-macos11_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binarymacOS 11Compressed pre-built binary; uses installer --see * above) 
HDFView-3.1.3-osx1013_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binarymacOS 10.13Compressed 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-3.1.3-centos7_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binaryLinux 3.10 CentOS 7 x86_64Application Image (see * above)   
HDFViewApp-3.1.3-osx1013_64.tar.gz (sha256)Pre-built binarymacOS 10.13Application 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 using the included batch script in the binary under the app folder.
  • 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.

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

  • None

Major Bug Fixes

  • Added support to read and display non-standard floating point numbers.
  • Added optional startDir to command line options.
  • Corrected user.home vs user.dir confusion.
  • Split Current Working Directory options into three selections:
    a. Current Work Directory or user.dir system property
    b. User Home Directory or user.home system property
    c. User selected directory

Minor Bug Fixes

  • Corrected the create new attribute dialog from trying to write
    the attribute twice.
  • Added an initilize lib version bounds function. Now the change
    lib version dialog correctly preloads the combo box values.

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
  • HDFView also cannot nicely handle large numbers of objects, because of
    a design issue that requires HDFView to visit all the objects in a file.
  • 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.


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