ELF File - opening and understanding

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

What is an ELF file?

ELF is an acronym for Executable Linking Format. Files that contain the .elf file format are system files that store executable programs, shared libraries and memory dumps.

The ELF file format is primarily used on Unix-based operating systems, however, this versatile file format is also used by many popular game systems such as the Nintendo Wii and all three of the Sony PlayStation systems including the PS1, PS2 and PS3 as well as the Sony PSP.

The ELF files that are used by the game console systems contain critical executable information and other resources that are needed by the gaming software in order to run properly.

How to open ELF 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 ELF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different ELF openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension ELF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinDS PROWinDS PROUser submitted
WinDS PRO AppsWinDS PRO AppsUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
MagicDiscMagicDiscUser submitted
Metrowerks CodeWarriorMetrowerks CodeWarriorUser submitted
HxD Hex EditorHxD Hex EditorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ELF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
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