BED File Type

- The quick facts

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. Through our analysis of BED files, we know that one use of the format is UCSC BED Annotation Track. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

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

Suggest another file format using extension BED

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

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