BACKUP File - opening and understanding

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

What is a BACKUP file?

Files that contain the .backup file suffix are used by a variety of software applications to store application backup files. The extension commonly used by the pgAdmin II application for PostgreSQL database backup files. These files allow the software to backup the application contents so that a user can restore the data if it becomes lost or corrupt at a future point in time.

The ISAPI application also uses the .backup file extension for the backup files that are created with the software. Other programs that use the .backup file suffix for backup files include the Ad-Aware application, Navicat and MySQL.

How to open BACKUP 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 BACKUP for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 8 different BACKUP openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension BACKUP

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
BaseCampBaseCampUser submitted
Advanced Backup ManagerAdvanced Backup ManagerUser submitted
TaxCalcTaxCalcUser submitted
BookSmartBookSmartUser submitted
TaxCalcHubTaxCalcHubUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with BACKUP-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 BACKUP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!