MOBI File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MOBI file?

A .MOBI file is a Mobipocket format e-Book file. Files containing the .mobi file extension most commonly contain digital ebooks saved in the Mobipocket binary eBook format.

The MOBI eBook file format supports standard HTML, and it is one of the Open eBook Publication formats for eBook distribution.

MOBI files may contain DRM copyright protection features. DRM features prevent unauthorized users from viewing or copying an eBook that is contained in the MOBI file.

The MOBI file format is commonly used for eBooks that are distributed for use on smartphones, PDAs, and the Amazon Kindle reading device or devices that support the Amazon Kindle software.

How to open MOBI 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 MOBI for different purposes. We have identified 3 MOBI openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of MOBI file.

Programs that open these files

We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Suggest another file format using extension MOBI

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MOBI files. Remember, different programs may use MOBI 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
Amazon Kindle For PCAmazon Kindle For PCUser submitted
PDFlitePDFliteUser submitted
STDU ViewerSTDU ViewerUser submitted
E-book viewerE-book viewerUser submitted
KindleKindleUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
Icecream Ebook ReaderIcecream Ebook ReaderUser submitted
Adobe Digital EditionsAdobe Digital EditionsUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MOBI-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 MOBI-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!