CRYPT8 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a CRYPT8 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .CRYPT8 files.

What is a CRYPT8 file?

The CRYPT8 file format was developed as a database format for version 8 of WhatsApp Messenger. This is an application that can be installed and used in tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices that run on the Android OS, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Phone. WhatsApp Messenger is an instant messaging (IM) client that can allow users to send text messages, share multimedia content, place and receive call via VoIP (voice over Internet protocol).A .crypt8 file may contain text messages of chat conversations that are archived by WhatsApp Messenger. These CRYPT8 files may also contain metadata details and session logs like date and time stamps of incoming and outgoing calls, sent and received files, etc.It's best to leave these .crypt8 files alone so as to ensure that the stored chat logs and other details can properly be accessed by WhatsApp Messenger upon the request of the user. These may be opened and viewed with the use of standard text editors like Notepad, though it may not display human readable content.

How to open CRYPT8 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 CRYPT8 for different purposes.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Suggest another file format using extension CRYPT8

While we know of one file format using the .CRYPT8 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 .CRYPT8 file.