BED File

What are BED files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BED 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 BED file?

A .BED file is an UCSC BED Annotation Track file.

We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

How to open BED files

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

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

Last updated: February 14, 2014

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of BED files. Remember, different programs may use BED 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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