MANIFEST File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MANIFEST file?

Files with the .manifest extension are used to update older Windows programs. These files enable the associated programs to be used with the Windows XP or Windows Vista user interfaces.

The reason for the creation of the MANIFEST files is that older versions of Windows have a different look than the newer versions that are released by Microsoft. The MANIFEST file is what Windows uses to update the look of older applications on the computer when the newer operating system is installed.

While the functions of the associated program will remain the same once the MANIFEST file is active, the look of the application reflects the look of the newer Windows operating system.

How to open MANIFEST 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 MANIFEST for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MANIFEST

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Flash Movie PlayerFlash Movie PlayerUser submitted
progeCAD Professional EnglishprogeCAD Professional EnglishUser submitted
Microsoft Office Picture ManagerMicrosoft Office Picture ManagerUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MANIFEST-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 MANIFEST-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!