ABC File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ABC file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ABC files.

What is an ABC file?

An .ABC file is an ABC FlowCharter document file. ABC FlowCharter is a flowchart program created by Micrografx launched in 1995. This application is used to make, edit and print flow diagrams and organization charts, and these documents are saved as .ABC files. It combined the ABC Toolkit from Micrografx with other tools and templates to create a unique flowchart program. Making use of intelligent line routing, the software automatically routes connecting lines around other shapes. This made for an easy-to-use and visually appealing flowchart application. The newest version of the software is now known as iGrafx FlowCharter.

How to open ABC files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ABC for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different ABC openers which you will find listed below.

Other file formats using extension .ABC

While ABC FlowCharter document is a popular type of ABC-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .ABC extension.

The ABC file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an ABC opener may not be able to open all kinds of ABC files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited ABC viewer.

ABC notation

Making use of ASCII values, the ABC notation is a text-based musical notation format. This format is mostly used for traditional or folk music. ABC notation uses the letters A to G to represent notes and uses symbols and numbers to represent the length, sharps, ornaments, flats, etc. It is crucial that every ABC file starts with the string "%abc". The file consists of three parts, the header, the tune header, and the tune body. The header contains the typesetting and stylesheet. The tune header holds the metadata and other information like the type of key and the next tune's note length. The tune body consists mostly out of the ABC music code. Adding these 3 parts together gives us the final ABC notation file.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different ABC openers which you will find listed below.

LEADTOOLS ABC bitmap

Through our analysis of ABC files, we know that one use of the format is LEADTOOLS ABC bitmap. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different ABC openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of ABC files. Remember, different programs may use ABC files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

iGrafxiGrafxUser submitted
Micrografx ABC FlowCharterMicrografx ABC FlowCharterUser submitted
AGENDA MEISHIAGENDA MEISHIUser submitted
ABC FlowCharterABC FlowCharterUser submitted
Indentsoft Advanced Business Card MakerIndentsoft Advanced Business Card MakerUser submitted
Advanced Business Card MakerAdvanced Business Card MakerUser submitted
Bagpipe Music Writer GoldBagpipe Music Writer GoldUser submitted
ABC PlayerABC PlayerUser submitted
Micrografx FlowCharterMicrografx FlowCharterUser submitted
ABC SlipABC SlipUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ABC-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with ABC-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!