'Find all in files' binary search

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Fireboyd78
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'Find all in files' binary search

Post by Fireboyd78 » 12 Jul 2018 09:12

One thing I would absolutely love for HxD to have that would make it much more useful to people like me, is the ability to search multiple binary files for a particular pattern of hex characters or a string.

Notepad++ is one of the only programs I know of that does this, but that's not a hex editor, and throws a LOT of false positives (even with escaped hex-character strings :/), and since HxD is my primary hex editor of choice, being able to do all of this inside of HxD would probably cause the space-time continuum to malfunction! :mrgreen:

While not a necessity, the ability to search for a partial-pattern (e.g. '00 ?? 11 ?? 22 33') would be nice, but definitely not a deal-breaker.

Thanks for all of your hard work!

nneonneo
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Re: 'Find all in files' binary search

Post by nneonneo » 21 Jul 2018 06:26

FWIW I wrote a tool a while back called "bgrep" which does exactly this (and even supports partial patterns & regex matching): https://github.com/nneonneo/bgrep. There are also similar tools (also usually named "bgrep") for this purpose.

Fireboyd78
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Re: 'Find all in files' binary search

Post by Fireboyd78 » 18 May 2019 01:21

Maël, could you please let me know if this feature is something you would consider implementing? It would still be very useful to have. Thank you.

Maël
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Re: 'Find all in files' binary search

Post by Maël » 16 Jun 2019 17:55

Both of these features are definitely things I'd like HxD to have.

Features are implemented depending on the time I have and what's most interesting right now (I did the opposite for too long, and it's not good to stay motivated).

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