How to Open .hdf Files in NI DIAdem?

Updated Apr 3, 2024



  • DIAdem

  • How do I open files with .hdf extension in NI DIAdem?
  • Is there a way in which I can visualize data from files with extensions as Head Data Format(.hdf) and plot the same in NI DIAdem?

Out of the box, DIAdem can read in file formats from the NI platform. This includes TDM, TDMS, LVM and DAT files. In cases where you want to read in data from a different file extension, you will need a DataPlugin.

This article will share on how to read HDF (HEAD-Data-Format) file using HEAD_Data_Format DataPlugin.

Follow the steps mentioned below to import .hdf files into DIAdem :

1. Download the HEAD acoustics DataPlugin for HEAD-Data-Format.
2. Open the downloaded executable and complete the installation procedure.
3. Once installed, open DIAdem and locate the file on your disk using My DataFinder.
4. Right-click on the file and select Open With..

5. Select the right DataPlugin from the dialog box and click on Load.

You should now see the file correctly loaded into Data Portal.

Additional Information

  • When you use HEAD_Data_Format_Plugin to import your data those have to be multiplicated with the map factor to show correct values. When this should be done automatically please use HEAD Data Format Scaling Plugin to import your data.