hexdump, hd — ASCII, decimal, hexadecimal, octal dump


     hexdump [-bcCdovx] [-e format_string] [-f format_file] [-n length]
         [-s skip] file ...
     hd [-bcdovx] [-e format_string] [-f format_file] [-n length] [-s skip]
         file ...


     The hexdump utility is a filter which displays the specified files, or
     the standard input, if no files are specified, in a user specified

     The options are as follows:

     -b      One-byte octal display.  Display the input offset in hexadecimal,
         followed by sixteen space-separated, three column, zero-filled,
         bytes of input data, in octal, per line.

     -c      One-byte character display.  Display the input offset in
         hexadecimal, followed by sixteen space-separated, three column,
         space-filled, characters of input data per line.

     -C      Canonical hex+ASCII display.  Display the input offset in
         hexadecimal, followed by sixteen space-separated, two column,
         hexadecimal bytes, followed by the same sixteen bytes in %_p
         format enclosed in ``|'' characters.

         Calling the command hd implies this option.

     -d      Two-byte decimal display.  Display the input offset in
         hexadecimal, followed by eight space-separated, five column,
         zero-filled, two-byte units of input data, in unsigned decimal,
         per line.

     -e format_string
         Specify a format string to be used for displaying data.

     -f format_file
         Specify a file that contains one or more newline separated format
         strings.  Empty lines and lines whose first non-blank character
         is a hash mark (#) are ignored.

     -n length
         Interpret only length bytes of input.

     -o      Two-byte octal display.  Display the input offset in hexadecimal,
         followed by eight space-separated, six column, zero-filled, two
         byte quantities of input data, in octal, per line.

     -s offset
         Skip offset bytes from the beginning of the input.  By default,
         offset is interpreted as a decimal number.  With a leading 0x or
         0X, offset is interpreted as a hexadecimal number, otherwise,
         with a leading 0, offset is interpreted as an octal number.
         Appending the character b, k, or m to offset causes it to be
         interpreted as a multiple of 512, 1024, or 1048576, respectively.

     -v      Cause hexdump to display all input data.  Without the -v option,
         any number of groups of output lines, which would be identical to
         the immediately preceding group of output lines (except for the
         input offsets), are replaced with a line comprised of a single

     -x      Two-byte hexadecimal display.  Display the input offset in
         hexadecimal, followed by eight, space separated, four column,
         zero-filled, two-byte quantities of input data, in hexadecimal,
         per line.

     For each input file, hexdump sequentially copies the input to standard
     output, transforming the data according to the format strings specified
     by the -e and -f options, in the order that they were specified.

     A format string contains any number of format units, separated by
     whitespace.  A format unit contains up to three items: an iteration
     count, a byte count, and a format.

     The iteration count is an optional positive integer, which defaults to
     one.  Each format is applied iteration count times.

     The byte count is an optional positive integer.  If specified it defines
     the number of bytes to be interpreted by each iteration of the format.

     If an iteration count and/or a byte count is specified, a single slash
     must be placed after the iteration count and/or before the byte count to
     disambiguate them.  Any whitespace before or after the slash is ignored.

     The format is required and must be surrounded by double quote (" ")
     marks.  It is interpreted as a fprintf-style format string (see
     fprintf(3)), with the following exceptions:

       ·   An asterisk (*) may not be used as a field width or precision.

       ·   A byte count or field precision is required for each ``s''
           conversion character (unlike the fprintf(3) default which
           prints the entire string if the precision is unspecified).

       ·   The conversion characters ``%'', ``h'', ``l'', ``n'', ``p'' and
           ``q'' are not supported.

       ·   The single character escape sequences described in the C
           standard are supported:

                 NUL                  \0
                 <alert character>    

                 <form-feed>          \f
                 <newline>            \n
                 <carriage return>    \r
                 <tab>                \t
                 <vertical tab>       \v

     The hexdump utility also supports the following additional conversion

     _a[dox]     Display the input offset, cumulative across input files, of
             the next byte to be displayed.  The appended characters d, o,
             and x specify the display base as decimal, octal or
             hexadecimal respectively.

     _A[dox]     Identical to the _a conversion string except that it is only
             performed once, when all of the input data has been

     _c          Output characters in the default character set.  Nonprinting
             characters are displayed in three character, zero-padded
             octal, except for those representable by standard escape
             notation (see above), which are displayed as two character

     _p          Output characters in the default character set.  Nonprinting
             characters are displayed as a single “.”.

     _u          Output US ASCII characters, with the exception that control
             characters are displayed using the following, lower-case,
             names.  Characters greater than 0xff, hexadecimal, are
             displayed as hexadecimal strings.

             000 NUL  001 SOH  002 STX  003 ETX  004 EOT  005 ENQ
             006 ACK  007 BEL  008 BS   009 HT   00A LF   00B VT
             00C FF   00D CR   00E SO   00F SI   010 DLE  011 DC1
             012 DC2  013 DC3  014 DC4  015 NAK  016 SYN  017 ETB
             018 CAN  019 EM   01A SUB  01B ESC  01C FS   01D GS
             01E RS   01F US   07F DEL

     The default and supported byte counts for the conversion characters are
     as follows:

       %_c, %_p, %_u, %c       One byte counts only.

       %d, %i, %o, %u, %X, %x  Four byte default, one, two and four byte
                               counts supported.

       %E, %e, %f, %G, %g      Eight byte default, four and twelve byte
                               counts supported.

     The amount of data interpreted by each format string is the sum of the
     data required by each format unit, which is the iteration count times the
     byte count, or the iteration count times the number of bytes required by
     the format if the byte count is not specified.

     The input is manipulated in ``blocks'', where a block is defined as the
     largest amount of data specified by any format string.  Format strings
     interpreting less than an input block's worth of data, whose last format
     unit both interprets some number of bytes and does not have a specified
     iteration count, have the iteration count incremented until the entire
     input block has been processed or there is not enough data remaining in
     the block to satisfy the format string.

     If, either as a result of user specification or hexdump modifying the
     iteration count as described above, an iteration count is greater than
     one, no trailing whitespace characters are output during the last

     It is an error to specify a byte count as well as multiple conversion
     characters or strings unless all but one of the conversion characters or
     strings is _a or _A.

     If, as a result of the specification of the -n option or end-of-file
     being reached, input data only partially satisfies a format string, the
     input block is zero-padded sufficiently to display all available data
     (i.e., any format units overlapping the end of data will display some
     number of the zero bytes).

     Further output by such format strings is replaced by an equivalent number
     of spaces.  An equivalent number of spaces is defined as the number of
     spaces output by an s conversion character with the same field width and
     precision as the original conversion character or conversion string but
     with any “+”, “ ”, “#” conversion flag characters removed, and
     referencing a NULL string.

     If no format strings are specified, the default display is equivalent to
     specifying the -x option.


     The hexdump and hd utilities exit 0 on success, and >0 if an error


     Display the input in perusal format:

       "%06.6_ao "  12/1 "%3_u "
       "\t\t" "%_p "

     Implement the -x option:

       "%07.7_ax  " 8/2 "%04x " "\n"

     Some examples for the -e option:

       # hex bytes
       % echo hello | hexdump -v -e '/1 "%02X "' ; echo
       68 65 6C 6C 6F 0A

       # same, with ASCII section
       % echo hello | hexdump -e '8/1 "%02X ""\t"" "' -e '8/1 "%c""\n"'
       68 65 6C 6C 6F 0A        hello

       # hex with preceding 'x'
       % echo hello | hexdump -v -e '"x" 1/1 "%02X" " "' ; echo
       x68 x65 x6C x6C x6F x0A

       # one hex byte per line
       % echo hello | hexdump -v -e '/1 "%02X\n"'

       # a table of byte#, hex, decimal, octal, ASCII
       % echo hello | hexdump -v  -e '/1  "%_ad#    "' -e '/1    "%02X hex"' -e '/1 " = %03i dec"' -e '/1 " = %03o oct"' -e '/1 " = _%c\_\n"'
       0#    68 hex = 104 dec = 150 oct = _h_
       1#    65 hex = 101 dec = 145 oct = _e_
       2#    6C hex = 108 dec = 154 oct = _l_
       3#    6C hex = 108 dec = 154 oct = _l_
       4#    6F hex = 111 dec = 157 oct = _o_
       5#    0A hex = 010 dec = 012 oct = _

       # byte# & ASCII with control chars
       % echo hello | hexdump -v  -e '/1  "%_ad#  "' -e '/1 " _%_u\_\n"'
       0#   _h_
       1#   _e_
       2#   _l_
       3#   _l_
       4#   _o_
       5#   _lf_


     gdb(1), od(1)


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