DIR File Type

- The quick facts

What are DIR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DIR 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 DIR file?

A .DIR file is a CP Backup Directory file. Through our analysis of DIR files, we know that one use of the format is CP Backup Directory. 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.

How to open DIR files

Important: Different programs may use files with the DIR file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DIR file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: January 18, 2022

Other file formats using extension .DIR

While CP Backup Directory is a popular type of DIR-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .DIR extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Macromedia/Adobe Director Project

Files that contain the .dir file extension are movie or animation project files that the Macromedia Director, later Adobe Director, software application has created.

The Macromedia Director software program is used to create and edit videos. The DIR files used by the program include project resources, scripting code, a timeline, and links to other associated media files. The DIR files are the project file and are not usually distributed to the end-user as the actual movie file.

A DIR file helps determine how a movie is played within a media player. Macromedia, the company that created the Director program and the DIR file format, was taken over by Adobe in 2005.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Procomm Plus Connection ManagerProcomm Plus Connection ManagerUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
DirectorDirectorUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
synedra View Personalsynedra View PersonalUser submitted
Director Shockwave StudioDirector Shockwave StudioUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Director MXDirector MXUser submitted
Flash Movie PlayerFlash Movie PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DIR-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 DIR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!