SO File Type- The quick facts
What are SO files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a SO 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 SO file?
Files that contain the .so file extension are most commonly used for shared library files. Programs written in the C and C++ language load a shared library when they are launched on a user's hard drive.
The SO files that are used by the computer applications contain shared program logic and other functions that are used to load common files into the library. This allows more than one program to use the same code base, even if they are running on different processes.
The SO files are commonly used on Unix operating systems. The files are similar to the DLL files that are used by Windows operating systems.
How to open SO files
Important: Different programs may use files with the SO file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your SO file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different SO openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: January 6, 2020
Suggest another file format using extension SO
While we know of one file format using the .SO 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 .SO file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of SO files. Remember, different programs may use SO files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.