Peep is a file-viewing and text-encoding utility which is useful when programming, when experiencing text encoding problems, or when you need to extract information from a file that you can’t open otherwise. Its data-extraction functionality allows you to view files in a ‘hexeditor’ style; it’s not intended to be an editor, but rather to inspect, access, or sort out encoding problems. It lets you:

  • View any file in detail, view / save in any text encoding
  • Displays each byte as data (decimal or hex notation) or as text
  • Can take text directly from the clipboard
  • Try different text encodings to find the correct one or the best fit
  • Attempts to filter the text from a proprietary format
  • Saves a text file using the same or another encoding

There are many different text encoding systems (ways of representing characters within a file) and a file doesn’t necessarily carry information about the encoding that was used when it was saved. This can lead to frustrating problems when the file is opened.

What’s New in Peep

Version 2.3.2:

  • Mojave dark-mode-ready
  • Links within the app and Release Notes updated to new secure website

Requirements for Peep

  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.4.11 or later