Apple Mac OS X Open And View .chm File

by on January 28, 2010 · 4 comments· LAST UPDATED January 28, 2010

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I know how to open .chm files under Linux, but how do you open and view .CHM files under Apple Mac OS X?

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Application To Open .CHM Files Under Mac OS X

You can try the following applications:

  1. xCHM is a cross-platform GUI front-end to chmlib, with borrowed bits from Pabs' chmdeco project. Originally written for UNIX systems (Linux, *BSD, Solaris), xCHM has been since ported to Mac OS X and Windows.
  2. chmox is another GNU based free good program to view .chm files under OS X.
Chmox in Action

Fig.01: Chmox in Action

You can simply download chmox from the official website and install on your OS X computer.

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1 M.S. Babaei January 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

You forgot to mention iChm:
http://www.robinlu.com/blog/ichm

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2 Agus Foead September 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I use iChm to view chm files. But some chm files consist succession of mht files, iChm fails to read. Do you have any suggestion. Thanks.

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3 mveplus January 6, 2012 at 2:32 am

Thanks for the TIPs – guys!
Chmox 0.4b and iChm both works fine on Mac OS X 10.6.8!

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4 Nick September 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Works in OS X 10.8.2 as well!

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