BACKUP File Type

- The quick facts

What are BACKUP files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BACKUP 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 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the BACKUP file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your BACKUP file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 7 different BACKUP openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: June 29, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

Hancom OfficeHancom OfficeUser submitted
BaseCampBaseCampUser submitted
Advanced Backup ManagerAdvanced Backup ManagerUser submitted
TaxCalcTaxCalcUser submitted
BookSmartBookSmartUser submitted
TaxCalcHubTaxCalcHubUser submitted

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