Opening BAT files

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

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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