BAT File - opening and understanding

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

What is a BAT file?

The BAT file format is a program executable file type. A .bat file is also called a batch file because it packages a set of codes into one file. These .bat files were used primarily for MS DOS, while a version of this file format for Unix is called a shell script. IBM mainframe computers also used a version of these .bat files, which were called EXEC files.The codes that are stored in a .bat file are normally command line instructions. These may include codes for activating other applications and files in the same computer or in the same network. Take note that BAT files from suspicious sources may contain malicious code, and these are usually transmitted via email.A simple text editor like Notepad or Apple Text Edit can be used to open and view the data in these .bat files. These text editors can also be used to create these BAT files.

How to open BAT 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 BAT for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension BAT

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

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