INI File

What are INI files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an INI file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an INI file?

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

Generic INI Configuration File

These INI files are settings and options files that are normally found in Windows computers. Many applications and third-party tools that run in the Windows OS create INI files to store program-specific data.

The data stored in these INI files may include certain parameters, specific file- and directory locations that are used by associated programs. Application-specific options that were saved by default upon the installation of the program, or chosen by the user during the manual configuration of the application, may also be stored in these .ini files.

Upon start-up, many Windows applications and third-party programs primarily access the data stored in associated INI files. Since an INI file is a plain text file, these .ini files can be opened using a text editing application like Notepad.

How to open INI files

We have identified four INI openers that are compatible with this specific type of INI file.

Programs that open Generic INI Configuration files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
UltraEditUltraEditVerified
Notepad++Notepad++Verified
TextPadTextPadVerified

Last updated: January 11, 2023

More file formats using the INI extension

Through our research of INI files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Cura Profile Settings
  • Microsoft QBX Local INI File
  • MIRAX Slide Data File
  • OS/2 INI File
  • Ozone GUI Skin Info File
  • Picasa Album Info File
  • Superbase Printer Driver
  • TOPBENCH Database
  • Unreal Engine Crash Report
  • Windows Boot Loader Info File
  • WinFellow Emulation Preset

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
GetDizGetDizUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted
AkelPadAkelPadUser submitted
WZ EDITORWZ EDITORUser submitted
NotepadNotepadUser submitted
UEStudioUEStudioUser submitted
PHPEditPHPEditUser submitted
POV-RayPOV-RayUser submitted

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