BAG File - opening and understanding

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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension BAG for different purposes.

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

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.

The BAG file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a BAG opener may not be able to open all kinds of BAG files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited BAG viewer.

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 viewers for this file format

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