ACTION File - opening and understanding

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

What is an ACTION file?

Files that contain the .action file extension are most commonly associated with the Automator software application. Automator is a program that is used to create WORKFLOW automations in the Mac OS X environment.

The ACTION files that are used by this software contain specific automation actions. These actions can be combined with other actions to create automated processes that are used in a user's WORKFLOW documents.

There is a library of ACTION files included with the Automator software, although additional ACTION files may also be downloaded from the Apple website.

The .action file extension is also used for outdated files that were used with Apple II computers. This file format has been discontinued and is no longer supported.

How to open ACTION 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 ACTION for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different ACTION openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension ACTION

While we know of one file format using the .ACTION 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 .ACTION file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Adobe GoLiveAdobe GoLiveUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted CalcUser submitted
Nitro ProNitro ProUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ACTION-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 ACTION-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!