CEL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CEL file?

A .CEL file is an Affymetrix Probe Results file. These CEL files contain information on the probe set's intensity values, and a probe set represents a gene. Information about probes gets extracted from the image data by Affymetrix, an image analysis software.

How to open CEL 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 CEL for different purposes.

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

Other file formats using extension .CEL

While Affymetrix Probe Results is a popular type of CEL-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .CEL extension.

The CEL file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a CEL opener may not be able to open all kinds of CEL files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited CEL viewer.

Bentley MicroStation CAD Cell library

These CEL files contain complex elements created in Bentley MicroStation, a design and construction software. CEL files are used to eliminate the repetitiveness of redrawing the same elements in a floor or building plan. These CEL files can be found under the Cell library for everyone, who is part of the project, to use.

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

Celestia script

These CEL files contain the simulated versions of the universe used in Celestia, a 3D astronomy software. Celestia grants you the opportunity to traverse a simulated universe. You can view the stars, planets, and moons at different speeds and sizes.

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

Chasm CEL bitmap

These CEL files contain information on the color index used to indicate transparent areas on images in Chasm: The Rift, a first-person shooter game.

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

KiSS CEL bitmap

Through our analysis of CEL files, we know that one use of the format is KiSS CEL bitmap. 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.

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Cool Edit ProCool Edit ProUser submitted
AuditionAuditionUser submitted
CelestiaCelestiaUser submitted
QuickTime AlternativeQuickTime AlternativeUser submitted
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Native Instruments BatteryNative Instruments BatteryUser submitted
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MicroStationMicroStationUser submitted
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We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with CEL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!