AD File Type

- The quick facts

What are AD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an AD 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 an AD file?

An .AD file is an Anno Designer layout file. AD files contain maps and building layouts created with Anno Designer, a software tool used to design buildings for the Ubisoft Anno game series. You then import them into your Anno series game. The Anno series is a city-building game that takes place in the Renaissance period. You find this game on Pc, but recently some handheld devices have access to the game. The Anno designer supports the following game versions: Anno 1404, Anno 2070, Anno 2205, and Anno 1800.

How to open AD files

Important: Different programs may use files with the AD file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your AD 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 AD openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 18, 2022

Other file formats using extension .AD

While Anno Designer layout is a popular type of AD-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .AD extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Mac AppleDouble encoded

Through our analysis of AD files, we know that one use of the format is Mac AppleDouble encoded. 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 4 different AD openers which you will find listed below.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with AD-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 AD-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!