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What are BAK files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BAK file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your BAK files.

What is a BAK file?

BAK files have multiple uses, and Backup is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Backup File

The .bak file extension is used for general backup files. Many applications and computer processes use the .bak extension to create backups of documents that the program is creating.

The .bak file extension is a common file extension for the files created by the auto-save features found in many computer applications. For example, when you are editing a document in Microsoft Word and the auto-save feature kicks in, a .bak file will be created.

Files with the .bak extension are also commonly created before your computer begins to execute a complex operation, ensuring your data will be restored if something happens during the process.

These files are typically automatically deleted by the application that created them when the file is no longer needed or left behind so you have a copy of your data that can be manually restored if required.

How to open BAK files

We have identified one BAK opener that is compatible with this specific type of BAK file.

Programs that open Backup files

Last updated: April 25, 2024

All known file formats using extension .BAK

While Backup File is a popular type of BAK-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .BAK file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Microsoft SQL Server Backup File

We know that one BAK format is Microsoft SQL Server Backup File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

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

MIUI Backup Data

We know that one BAK format is MIUI Backup Data. 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 BAK files. Remember, different programs may use BAK files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

AutoCADAutoCADUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Hancom OfficeHancom OfficeUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
FinaleFinaleUser submitted
TEditXnaTEditXnaUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
AudacityAudacityUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
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