What are AWL files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an AWL 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 AWL file?
AWL files have multiple uses, and AWL Programming Language is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
AWL Programming Language
.AWL files are files that contain source code written in the AWL programming language. AWL stands for "Automatisierungs-Workbench für S7-300/400" which in english translates as "Automation Workbench for S7-300/400".
This specialized programming language is designed for programming Siemens programmable logic controllers (PLCs) of the S7-300/400 series. These controllers are widely used in modern industrial automation and control systems, allowing mangement of highly complex tasks with precision and accuracy.
The AWL, or instruction list, language was developed to allow manipulation of data types such as variables, arrays, and more. It is a powerful tool that allows programmers to easily create instructions using a set of instructions constituted of symbols which can then be read by the processor in the PLCs. This makes the process more efficient than manual programming methods.
AWL programs are used in conjunction with other programming languages such as function block diagram (FBD) and structured control language (SCL) for PLC program creation. These AWL programs are compiled into bytecode, which is uploaded to the PLC and runs as controller logic.
How to open AWL files
Important: Different programs may use files with the AWL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your AWL file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single AWL opener which you will find listed below.
Last updated: January 11, 2023
All known file formats using extension .AWL
While AWL Programming Language is a popular type of AWL-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .AWL file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Animation Works PlayList
We know that one AWL format is Animation Works PlayList. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of AWL files. Remember, different programs may use AWL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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