shed man page

shed (Simple Hex EDitor)


shed [Options] [FILE]


A simple hex editor with a pico-style interface.

Each line of the shed display represents one byte of the file. Each lines consists of the offset of that byte from the start of the file, the ascii value of the byte, and then the byte's value in various bases. All values are unsigned.

When a command asks you for input, entering a zero-length string or pressing ^C will cancel the command. When searching, entering a zero-length string will use the previous search word, if one exists.

Note that there is no save key. This is because the file is not loaded into memory, so when you edit it the change is made directly to disk.


-r / --readonly

open FILE read only

-s / --start=OFFSET

position cursor to offset

-H / --hex

start in hex mode (hex offsets etc.)

-L / --length=LENGTH

set length of file to LENGTH. Useful for special files where shed cannot obtain the length with stat.

-h / --help

show help and exit

-v / --version

show version and exit


arrow keys

move cursor around

pgup / ^Y

cursor up 16 pgdown / ^V cursor down 16

home / ^A

start of line (ascii column)

end / ^E

end of line (binary column)

space / e

edit value at cursor. You are asked to enter the new value in the format of the current column the cursor is in - eg. if you are in the hex column, it will ask for the new value in hex.

1 / 2 / 4

set size of cursor in bytes, in the hex/dec/oct columns (and binary if in traditional mode).

` (backtick)

toggle the endianness of multi-byte values (when cursor size is 2 or 4)

s / w / ^w / f / F3

search. Search string is asked for in the format of the current cursor column. In ascii, just enter the string in ascii. In the others, enter the values  seperated by spaces. eg to search for ABC from the decimal column you would enter "65 66 67" (without the quotes).

^f / ^b

search shortcut for forwards/backwards respectivly.

r / n / F3

repeat previous search


toggle whether offset numbers and cursor position etc are in dec or hex.


toggle binary mode column behaviour (bit edit mode vs traditional)


dump to file.


jump to byte. enter a byte number, or 'top' or 'end'. Can be suffixed with K, M or G.


change the mode of the ascii column (printable only/c-style extended chars/'man ascii' descriptions)


toggle 'preview' mode.

x / ^x



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24-MAR-2009 shed-1.15