BAG File Type

- The quick facts

What are BAG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BAG 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 BAG file?

A .BAG file is an AOL Instant Messenger buddy list file. These BAG files contain the list of your frequent correspondences, also known as Buddies, on the AOL Instant Messenger application. These lists are organized into groups depending on the relationship with the correspondence. These lists get saved on AOL servers and locally on your device.

How to open BAG files

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

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different BAG openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 2, 2021

Other file formats using extension .BAG

While AOL Instant Messenger buddy list is a popular type of BAG-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .BAG extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Bag archive

These BAG files are archive files created in Bagger, a graphical user interface used to package a group of data files to create archives. The packages are called 'bags'. It is used in Archivematica, an open-source digital preservation system, to store AIPs (Archival Information Package). AIPs describe the structure and content of an archive file.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different BAG openers which you will find listed below.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of BAG files. Remember, different programs may use BAG 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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