256 File Type- The quick facts
What are 256 files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a 256 file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a 256 file?
Files that contain the .256 file extension are usually associated with the Descent 2 software gaming application. The 256 files contain the RGB color palette that is used to describe the colors that are used by the game's PIG texture files.
Each 256 file that is referenced by the Descent 2 software is associated with a related PIG file. For example, the texture1.pig file would have an associated texture1.256 file associated with it.
The PIG files that the 256 files are associated with are stored in the main directory of the gaming software. The 256 files, on the other hand, are saved in the DESCENT2.HOG file. User's can create custom PIG files by saving the files to the Descent 2 directory and storing the associated 256 file in the user's HOG file.
How to open 256 files
Important: Different programs may use files with the 256 file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your 256 file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 4 different 256 openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: March 15, 2022
Suggest another file format using extension 256
While we know of one file format using the .256 file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .256 file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of 256 files. Remember, different programs may use 256 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.