FEN File - opening and understanding

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

What is a FEN file?

The FEN file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different programs may use the FEN file type for different types of data.

While we do not yet describe the FEN file format and its common uses, we do know which programs are known to open these files, as we receive dozens of suggestions from users like yourself every day about specific file types and which programs they use to open them.

We are continually working on adding more file type descriptions to the site, so if you have information about FEN files that you think will help others, please use the Update Info link below to submit it to us - we'd love to hear from you!

How to open FEN 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 FEN for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 12 different FEN openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinBoard Startup DialogWinBoard Startup DialogUser submitted
FXENET ApplicationFXENET ApplicationUser submitted
MaxQiMaxQiUser submitted
KChess EliteKChess EliteUser submitted
ArenaArenaUser submitted
XiangQi WizardXiangQi WizardUser submitted
Chess GiantsChess GiantsUser submitted
KChess Elite Hungarian Male VoiceKChess Elite Hungarian Male VoiceUser submitted
Chess WizardChess WizardUser submitted
MicroFEMMicroFEMUser submitted
GNU ChessGNU ChessUser submitted

Try a universal file viewer

Try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and most likely yours too. Download Free File Viewer here.

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