This program is no longer being developed or supported. If you are willing to maintain the program, let me know.

HFS Utilities

HFS is the "Hierarchical File System" used on modern Macintosh computers. hfsutils is a software package that permits manipulation of HFS volumes.

This is a port of Robert Leslie's hfsutils package. It runs under DOS, Windows 95/98/2000/NT and OS/2. There are two binary versions of hfsutils: one for Win32 and one for OS/2. Both versions also run under DOS.

The current version of hfsutils is 3.1a.

Package overview

The hfsutils package contains a set of command-line utilities such as hformat, hmount, hdir, hcopy, etc. They allow read-write access of files and directories on HFS volumes.

What types of media the package supports depends on the operating system. Under OS/2 and Windows NT, hfsutils can access any volumes that have a drive letter. Under DOS and Windows 95, it can only access block devices such as diskettes.

Note: This package can not access 800k Macintosh floppies. This is because such floppies cannot be read with the standard PC hardware, and it is thus not a limitation in the software.

Current status

The package seems to be stable and fully usable, but has not been updated for a long while and may not work with newer operating systems. I no longer maintain the package, so if you have any problems, do not mail me about them.

See the version history for more information.


This package is free software, licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The source code is included in the archive.

Related software

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