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Last Update:

10 Apr 2016

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Erik Larsson
  • catacombae


hfsexplorer mac hfs hfs+ hfsx dmg sparsebundle admin

HFSExplorer (Install)

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0.23.1 | Updated: 10 Apr 2016



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Software Author(s):

  • Erik Larsson
  • catacombae

HFSExplorer (Install) 0.23.1

This is not the latest version of HFSExplorer (Install) available.

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To install HFSExplorer (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade HFSExplorer (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall HFSExplorer (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade hfsexplorer -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade hfsexplorer -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure hfsexplorer installed
    name: hfsexplorer
    state: present
    version: 0.23.1
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

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chocolatey_package 'hfsexplorer' do
  action    :install
  version  '0.23.1'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: hfsexplorer,
    Version: 0.23.1,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller hfsexplorer
   Name     = 'hfsexplorer'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '0.23.1'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'hfsexplorer':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '0.23.1',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install hfsexplorer version="0.23.1" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator ferventcoder on 11 Apr 2016.


What is HFSExplorer?

HFSExplorer is an application that can read Mac-formatted hard disks and disk images.
It can read the file systems HFS (Mac OS Standard), HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) and HFSX (Mac OS Extended with case sensitive file names).

HFSExplorer allows you to browse your Mac volumes with a graphical file system browser, extract files (copy to hard disk), view detailed information about the volume and create disk images from the volume.
HFSExplorer can also read most .dmg / .sparsebundle disk images created on a Mac, including zlib / bzip2 compressed images and AES-128 / AES-256 encrypted images. It supports the partition schemes Master Boot Record, GUID Partition Table and Apple Partition Map natively.

You may be interested in the application if you're:

A user of an Intel Mac running Windows with Boot Camp in need of accessing the files on the Mac OS X hard drive.
Owners of HFS+-formatted iPods, that wish to access their content from within Windows or elsewhere (a user emailed me and verified that this works).
Users of PearPC or similar Mac emulation/virtualization software that wish to access the contents of their virtual hard disks (will only work if the disk image is stored in raw format, as in PearPC).
People that need to access the contents of HFS+-formatted .dmg / .sparsebundle files.
HFSExplorer is written mostly in Java 5, optionally using some Java 6 / 7 features, with some Windows-specific parts written in C in order to be able to get raw access to block devices, and to create a practical launcher application.

Linux and OS X users should in most cases not need HFSExplorer for browsing file systems on devices, since there are native file system drivers available on those systems, but it seems to work fine if you need it. Linux users might find use for opening .dmg / .sparsebundle files.
NOTE: HFSExplorer will install silently but will not uninstall silently. A window will pop up asking if you want to remove the program. A forced reinstall will run the uninstall, causing same.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # stop on all errors

$packageName= 'hfsexplorer'
$toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$url        = '' 

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $packageName
  unzipLocation = $toolsDir
  fileType      = 'EXE' 
  url           = $url
  silentArgs   = '/S'  
  validExitCodes= @(0) 
  softwareName  = 'HFSExplorer 0.23.1*'

Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
$packageName= 'hfsexplorer'
$softwareName = 'HFSExplorer*' 
$installerType = 'EXE' 
$silentArgs = '/S' #Doesn't work
$validExitCodes = @(0)

$processor = Get-WmiObject Win32_Processor
$is64bit = $processor.AddressWidth -eq 64
if ($is64bit) {
  $unpath = "${Env:ProgramFiles(x86)}\HFSExplorer\uninst.exe"
  } else {
  $unpath = "${Env:ProgramFiles}\HFSExplorer\uninst.exe"

Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $installerType `
  $silentArgs $unpath -validExitCodes $validExitCodes

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