What are DIF files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a DIF file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a DIF file?
DIF files have multiple uses, and Data Interchange Format is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Data Interchange Format
Data interchange is the exchange of information between programs and systems, whether it be text, numerical or graphical data. The DIF format provides an efficient way to move files between applications on different platforms while maintaining its structure and content.
DIF files are ideal for exchanging data between programs, as they are lightweight and easy to read and write. This makes them particularly well suited for importing and exporting data between different spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
The DIF file format is composed of records each representing a row of data in the spreadsheet, separated by a line break. Each record consists of fields representing columns of data, which are tab-separated. This allows different applications with their own specific structures to share information effectively.
In addition to spreadsheets, DIF files can also be used to transfer other kinds of information including CSV data or database records. This makes them perfect for merging multiple sources into one organized dataset or migrating from one operating system to another without losing any important content such us formats or formulas.
How to open DIF files
Important: Different programs may use files with the DIF file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DIF file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different DIF openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: March 17, 2023
All known file formats using extension .DIF
While Data Interchange Format is a popular type of DIF-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .DIF file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Directory Interchange Format
.DIF files are data files used in NASA Earth Science Data Systems since 2008. These .DIF files contain geoscience information that is used in studies conducted by several research facilities around the world.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Update Diff
We know that one DIF format is Kaspersky Anti-Virus Update Diff. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of DIF files. Remember, different programs may use DIF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Microsoft Office||User submitted|
|OpenOffice.org Calc||User submitted|
|Microsoft Excel||User submitted|
|LibreOffice Calc||User submitted|
|WPS Office||User submitted|
|QuickTime Alternative||User submitted|
|Storm Codec||User submitted|
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