CONF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CONF file?

Files that contain the .conf file extension are configuration files that are used to store the configuration and settings for a variety of different computer processes and applications. These files are usually written in ASCII and are used for user applications, operating system settings and server processes.

CONF files are commonly used in Unix and Linux operating systems. Most CONF files are saved in text file format. In some cases, if a user wants to modify the settings of an application that is being used on a computer that is running on Linux or Unix, they must modify the CONF file in order to do so.

How to open CONF 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 CONF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension CONF

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of CONF files. Remember, different programs may use CONF 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
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
sakura editorsakura editorUser submitted
PSPadPSPadUser submitted
UltraEditUltraEditUser submitted
VMware WorkstationVMware WorkstationUser submitted
Seclore FileSecureSeclore FileSecureUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
Adobe DreamweaverAdobe DreamweaverUser submitted
EditPad LiteEditPad LiteUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CONF-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 CONF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!