HTML File - opening and understanding

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

What is a HTML file?

HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. Files that contain the .html file extension store web pages that have been created using the Hyper Text Markup Language.

HTML files are created for the purpose of being displayed in a user's Web browser, allowing the formatting of text, images and other website content.

The HTML code itself is not actually seen by the user. Instead, the resulting website page is viewed in the user's Web browser. HTML files are usually saved in a text-based format and a website visitor can see the contents of the HTML code by selecting the "View" and "Page Source" options from the toolbar of their Internet browser.

How to open HTML 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 HTML for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension HTML

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Google ChromeGoogle ChromeUser submitted CalcUser submitted WriterUser submitted
OperaOperaUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
Swing BrowserSwing BrowserUser submitted
SafeZoneSafeZoneUser submitted
Comodo DragonComodo DragonUser submitted
ChromiumChromiumUser submitted
MaxthonMaxthonUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with HTML-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 HTML-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!