LIB File - opening and understanding

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

What is a LIB file?

Files that contain the .lib file extension usually hold a static data library of information. The information in this file is associated with a specific computer application. The LIB files usually store the functions that are referenced by the application, which is then associated with the library.

LIB files may also contain objects like images, media and text clippings. LIB files are an alternative to DLL files, which contain dynamic link libraries. The LIB files contain static libraries that can be used as import libraries for DLL files, with the imported library files being marked with the .lib file suffix.

How to open LIB 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 LIB for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension LIB

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

Various viewers for this file format

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.

Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
Model EditorModel EditorUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
Altium DesignerAltium DesignerUser submitted
CodeVisionAVR C CompilerCodeVisionAVR C CompilerUser submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio .NETMicrosoft Visual Studio .NETUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Flash Movie PlayerFlash Movie PlayerUser submitted
IZArcIZArcUser submitted
progeCAD Professional EnglishprogeCAD Professional EnglishUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with LIB-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 LIB-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!