Python’s binhex4 module can encode and decode files in binhex4 format which is a binary-to-text encoding system that is used in Mac OS for sending files across a network. For example – For sending some file from Mac OS via email, it firstly will convert file to binhex4 format and send it across network. Primarily this conversion(to binhex4) is implemented in Mac for preventing file being getting corrupted while going through a network.
In Python’s binhex module there are two functions binhex.binhex(input, output) and binhex.hexbin(input, output).
- binhex.binhex(input, output) => Converts a file to binhex4 format
- binhex.hexbin(input, output) => Decodes a binhex4 formatted file
Python Code for Converting File to binhex4 format
# Importing binhex Python Module import binhex # Importing sys Python Module for Reading File import sys # Setting name of file as f f = "file.txt" # Calling binhex function passing f and writing output to file.hqx binhex.binhex(f, 'file.hqx')
Python Code for Decoding binhex4 Formatted File
# Importing binhex Python Module import binhex # Importing sys Python Module for Reading File import sys # Setting name of binhex4 formatted file as f f = "file.hqx" # Calling hexbin function passing f and writing output to file.txt binhex.binhex(f, 'file.txt')
You can read about binhex Module Documentation here => binhex Encode/Decode binnhex4 Files
Do note that binhex Python Module have been deprecated from Python Version 3.9 onwards