Resource Hacker – Application Compiler & Decompiler

Resource Hacker is a resource editor for 32bit and 64bit Windows® applications. It’s both a resource compiler (for *.rc files), and a decompiler – enabling viewing and editing of resources in executables (*.exe; *.dll; *.scr; etc) and compiled resource libraries (*.res, *.mui). While Resource Hacker is primarily a GUI application, it also provides many options for compiling and decompiling resources from the command-line.

Resource Hacker - Windows Application Resource Compiler & Decompiler
Resource Hacker – Windows Application Resource Compiler & Decompiler

Current supported features:

  • Compiling – Compiling can be initiated either by opening an existing resource script file, or by creating one from scratch using Resource Hacker’s editor.
  • Viewing and Editing Resources – Once a resource file has been opened, its resources will generally be displayed as either an image (or group of images) or as decompiled text. Binary resources, usually images, can’t be edited directly with Resource Hacker, but they can still be very easily exported and imported once they’ve been modified by an external image editor.
  • Command Line Syntax – just about all the functionality of Resource Hacker™ can be accessed from the command line without having to open the Resource Hacker™ GUI. Command line instructions and Resource Hacker™ scripts can remove the drudgery entailed with repeating Resource Hacker™ tasks.
  • “Packed” or “Compressed” Executables – Some executable files are “packed” or “compressed” using compression algorithms. Not only does this reduces file size, it also makes viewing and modifying resources marginally more difficult. unpack files is not possible with this tool.

You can read more and download this tool over here: http://www.angusj.com/resourcehacker/

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