BAT File Type

- The quick facts

What are BAT files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BAT 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 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

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

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single BAT opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 14, 2012

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 apps that use files with this extension

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.

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