# binhex — Encode and decode binhex4 files¶

Source code: Lib/binhex.py

This module encodes and decodes files in binhex4 format, a format allowing representation of Macintosh files in ASCII. Only the data fork is handled.

The binhex module defines the following functions:

binhex.binhex(input, output)

Convert a binary file with filename input to binhex file output. The output parameter can either be a filename or a file-like object (any object supporting a write() and close() method).

binhex.hexbin(input, output)

Decode a binhex file input. input may be a filename or a file-like object supporting read() and close() methods. The resulting file is written to a file named output, unless the argument is None in which case the output filename is read from the binhex file.

The following exception is also defined:

exception binhex.Error

Exception raised when something can’t be encoded using the binhex format (for example, a filename is too long to fit in the filename field), or when input is not properly encoded binhex data.

Module binascii