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What are FILE files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a FILE file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your FILE files.

What is a FILE file?

FILE files have multiple uses, and Generic is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Generic 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, etc. 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. Therefore, the user needs to 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 designated by Windows for the file. For example, suppose the default icon that Windows assigns to a .file is the icon that's usually used for documents in plain TXT format. In that case, 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.

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How to open FILE files

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

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

Last updated: June 8, 2022

All known file formats using extension .FILE

While Generic File is a popular type of FILE-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .FILE file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Fantasy Role-playing Adventure Creator Project

Fantasy Role-playing Adventure Creator is a role play creation software for the Commodore Amiga, a home computer popular in the 1990s.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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 CodeWarriorDiscontinued

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