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What are CLASS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CLASS file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your CLASS files.

What is a CLASS file?

A .CLASS file is a Java Bytecode file.

Files containing the .class file extension are primarily associated with files written in the Java programming language. These files are compiled bytecode class applications.

They are created by compiling different Java source code files. The Java source code files are compiled to create the resulting CLASS file, which is then loaded into the Java Virtual Machine. At that point, the Java Virtual Machine executes the application.

It is important to note that because there are different versions of the Java Virtual Machine, not all CLASS files will be compatible with each version.

How to open CLASS files

We have identified two CLASS openers that are compatible with this specific type of CLASS file.

Programs that open Java Bytecode files

NetBeans IDENetBeans IDEVerified

Last updated: December 21, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
DJ Java DecompilerDJ Java DecompilerUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
7-Zip7-ZipUser submitted
TextPadTextPadUser submitted
Ready to Program for Java TechnologyReady to Program for Java TechnologyUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
cavaj Java Decompilatorcavaj Java DecompilatorUser submitted
Eclipse IDEEclipse IDEUser submitted

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