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bin+lib teehee

Hex editor with inspiration from Vim, Kakoune and Hiew

7 releases

0.2.8 Jan 26, 2022
0.2.7 Jan 26, 2022
0.2.3 Apr 14, 2021
0.2.2 Sep 3, 2020
0.1.0 Jul 27, 2020

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Teehee - a modal terminal hex editor

AUR version

Inspired by Vim, Kakoune and Hiew.


Arch Linux users: The package for Arch Linux is available on AUR.

Others: Just run cargo install teehee! If you don't have rust, you can get it from rustup.rs. The application will be available as the executable teehee. More installation options may be coming in the future.


Reverse engineers, software engineers and other IT people often need to work with binary files. Hex editors are usually the go-to tool for dealing with binary file formats when a more specialized tool isn't available. Many of the existing hex editors lack support for modal editing, which Vim/Kakoune/Emacs users will miss. Hiew supports it to an extent, but it's non-free software, and its keybinds are unintuitive. Teehee is designed to offer a native-feeling experience to Kakoune and Vim users, while also providing additional hex editing capabilities like coloured marks for regions of data and encryption/compression scripts.



Teehee supports multiple selections, efficient selection modifying commands and various data editing operations.



Implemented keybinds

  • hjkl for movement (press shift to extend selection instead)
< h j l >
  • g[hjkl] for jumping (G[hjkl] to extend selection instead)
    • h: to line start
    • l: to line end
    • k: to file start
    • j: to file end
    • <count>g jumps to offset, <count>G extends to offset
  • <C+e/y> to scroll down/up
  • ; to collapse selections to cursors
  • <a-;> (alt and ;) to swap cursor and selection end
  • <a-s> (alt and s) to split selection to multiple selections of size...
    • b: 1 byte
    • w: 2 bytes (Word)
    • d: 4 bytes (Dword)
    • q: 8 bytes (Qword)
    • o: 16 bytes (Oword)
    • n: delimited by null bytes
    • /: matching a text pattern (? for hex pattern)
  • d to delete selected data from buffer
  • i to enter insert mode at the beginning of selections (I to insert hex instead of ascii)
    • a instead of i to enter append mode instead
    • o instead of i to enter overwrite mode instead
    • c instead of i to delete selection contents, then enter insert mode
    • <c-n> to insert a null byte in ascii mode
    • <c-o> to switch between ascii and hex inserting
  • ( and ) to cycle main selection
  • <space> to keep only main selection, <a-space> to keep all selections but main
  • r<key> to replace a each selected character with the ASCII character given
    • R<digit><digit> instead of r to replace with a single hex character instead
    • r<c-n> to replace with null bytes
  • y to yank/copy selections to register "
  • p to paste register " contents from y/d/c
  • s to collapse selections to those matching a text pattern (S for hex pattern)
  • M to measure length of current main selection (in bytes)
  • u to undo, U to redo
  • : to enter command mode
    • :q to quit
    • :q! to force quit (even if buffer dirty)
    • :w to flush buffer to disk
    • :w <filename> to save buffer to named file
    • :wa to flush all buffers to disk
    • :e <filename> to open a new buffer
    • :db to close a buffer
    • :db! to close a buffer even if dirty
    • :wq to flush buffer, then quit

Entering a pattern:

  • <C-w> to insert a wildcard
  • <C-o> to switch input mode (ascii <-> hex)
  • <esc> to go back to normal mode
  • <enter> to accept pattern
  • arrow keys, <backspace> and <delete> also supported


  • The following commands maybe prefixed by a count:
    • Movement (hjkl and HJKL)
    • Selection modification (()<space><a-space>)
    • Jump to offset (g and G)
    • Paste (p)
    • (In split mode) bwdqon
  • Counts are inputted by typing digits 0-9 (in hex mode, 0-f).
  • x switches between hex and decimal mode.
  • Note that a-f may shadow some keys, so switch out of hex mode before running a command.
  • Example: y5p: yank the selection and paste it 5 times.
  • Example: 50l: Move 50 bytes to the right.
  • Example: x500g: Jump to offset 0x500
  • Example: <a-s>x12xb: Split selection into parts of 0x12 bytes.


Releases are signed with the following PGP key: 9330E5D6861507BEFBF1893347E208E66179DC94. The source code can be found on the GitHub releases page, along with the signature of the source code tgz.


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