FILE File - opening and understanding

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

What is a FILE file?

The .file file extension is a generic extension. This is assigned by Windows and other applications when the file is in an unknown format. These Web applications that designate the .file extension to files in unknown file types are usually Web tools like Internet browsers, FTP client programs, download management applications, email clients and so on. The data stored in these .file files remains unchanged from what it initially contained when it was in its original format. This means a .mp3 file that has been changed to a .file file still contains the same audio data.

To open these .file files, the user must know the original format of the files. The user just needs to simply change the .file extension to the extension of its original file format. To know the original format of a .file file, one option is to look at the default icon that's designated by Windows for the file. For example, if the default icon that's assigned by Windows to a .file is the icon that's normally used for documents in plain TXT format, then the original format of the .file file may be .txt, and after changing the .file extension to .txt, a text editing program like Notepad can be used to open the file.Users are advised to be careful with .file files that have been downloaded from unverified sources on the Internet, or attached to emails from strangers. It's best to run a scan on these .file files before trying to open them.

How to open FILE 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 FILE for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 4 different FILE openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension FILE

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
Metrowerks CodeWarriorMetrowerks CodeWarriorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with FILE-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 FILE-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!