CAR File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CAR file?

CAR stands for Component Application Resource. The CAR files contain information about the assets that are available for a software application being run on the Brew Mobile Platform. This platform is used to operate applications on a variety of mobile phones. The CAR files are compiled into a binary BAR file. This file is automatically loaded when the application is run.

The .car file extension is also used for AtHome Assistant files, Biosym chemical modeler input files, NeoBook Cartoon image format files, CAR Archive compressed archive files, CardMaker card files, Carnivores Ice Age resource files, Design-Your-CD data files and Railroad Tycoon 3 car properties files.

How to open CAR 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 CAR for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different CAR openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension CAR

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

The Print ShopThe Print ShopUser submitted
PrintMasterPrintMasterUser submitted
PrintMaster GoldPrintMaster GoldUser submitted
CarraraCarraraUser submitted
ScrapbooksScrapbooksUser submitted
PrintMaster PlatinumPrintMaster PlatinumUser submitted
Materials StudioMaterials StudioUser submitted
SessionSessionUser submitted
CardStudioCardStudioUser submitted
Race Technology data analysis packageRace Technology data analysis packageUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CAR-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 CAR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!