ROM File - opening and understanding

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

What is a ROM file?

ROM stands for Read Only Memory Image. Files with the .rom file extension are used by computer hardware to update the data that is stored on the computer systems. Common uses for ROM files include the updates of computer BIOS and computer video cards.

ROM files are also used by many gaming device emulators so that computer users can play their favorite video games on their computers rather than on the actual video game system console. These files contain an exact copy of the game that was contained on the original gaming cartridge, allowing users to play the game without having access to the actual game system or game cartridge itself.

How to open ROM 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 ROM for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension ROM

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Project64Project64User submitted
WinDS PRO AppsWinDS PRO AppsUser submitted
RealOne PlayerRealOne PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
TiEmuTiEmuUser submitted
Tetra21 ClientTetra21 ClientUser submitted
Nero Burning ROMNero Burning ROMUser submitted
TiEmu No GdbTiEmu No GdbUser submitted
Cover DesignerCover DesignerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ROM-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 ROM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!