LIB File Type

- The quick facts

What are LIB files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a LIB 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 a LIB file?

LIB files have multiple uses, and Static Code Library for Windows is one of them.

Static Code Library for Windows

Files that contain the .lib file extension are code libraries created by programmers using different source code compilers. The compiler "translates" the readable source code written by the programmer into executable code and stores it in a library file.

A library file can be used in one or more programs, so it is a way to organize and distribute code that programmers can use in their programs without having the source code.

LIB files may also contain objects like images, media, and text clippings. LIB files are an alternative to DLL files, which are dynamic link libraries. The difference is that LIB files are linked to the final program executable, so everything is stored in a single file. In contrast, DLL files are distributed with the program and loaded when needed.

On Linux and Unix systems static code libraries use file extension .a.

You usually do not need to edit or view these files, as they only contain information usable by the software program that uses them.

Last updated: June 29, 2022

All known file formats using extension .LIB

While Static Code Library for Windows is a popular type of LIB-file, we know of 14 different uses of the .LIB extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

CIRCAD Source Library

CIRCAD is a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design software that contains tools for all aspects of circuit design and manufacturing.

How to open LIB files

We have identified one LIB opener that is compatible with this specific type of LIB file.

Programs that open CIRCAD Source Library files

CirCADCirCADVerified

DipTrace Pattern Library

DipTrace is a software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) to create schematic diagrams and printed circuit board (PCB) layouts. It stores graphical object patterns in .lib files.

LIB opener for Windows

We have identified one LIB opener that is compatible with this specific type of LIB file.

DipTraceDipTraceVerified

EEDraw Library File

EEDraw is an Electrical Engineering parametric drawing tool for MS-DOS. It stores components in .lib library files.

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

Electronic Arts LIB Container

Electronic Arts LIB Format was used from 1990 to 1994 in at least 7 games. It stored game objects in a simple, uncompressed library file.

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

KiCad Part Library

KiCad is a software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) that you can use for both the design and simulation of electronic hardware. It stores part symbols in LIB files.

Programs that open these LIB files

We have identified one LIB opener that is compatible with this specific type of LIB file.

KiCadKiCadVerified

MegaPaint Symbols Library

MegaPaint is a paint program for MS-DOS by Tommy Software. It stores graphical symbols in LIB files.

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

OrCAD Model Library

OrCAD is a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design software. It stores symbols that you can use in your designs in LIB files.

Programs that open these LIB files

We have identified one LIB opener that is compatible with this specific type of LIB file.

OrCADOrCADVerified

P-CAD Binary Library

P-CAD was an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software developed by Personal CAD Systems, Inc. The software was discontinued in 2006, and their new solution is known as Altium Designer.

Programs that open these LIB files

We have identified one LIB opener that is compatible with this specific type of LIB file.

Altium DesignerAltium DesignerVerified

TML BASIC Library

Code library for TML Basic, a programming language for the Apple IIgs, a home computer released in 1986.

You usually do not need to edit or view these files, as they only contain information usable by the software program that uses them.

More file formats using the LIB extension

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

  • Chess Assistant Library
  • Commodore Amiga Hunk Library File
  • Maple V Library
  • The Office Publisher Library

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Model EditorModel EditorUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
CodeVisionAVR C CompilerCodeVisionAVR C CompilerUser submitted
IZArcIZArcUser submitted
Protel SEProtel SEUser submitted
VL Visual EditorVL Visual EditorUser submitted
Altium Designer SummerAltium Designer SummerUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
Altium Designer Summer ViewerAltium Designer Summer ViewerUser submitted
Model Editor ApplicationModel Editor ApplicationUser submitted

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