SYM File Type

- The quick facts

What are SYM files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SYM 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 SYM file?

SYM files have multiple uses, and CADVANCE 2D Symbol is one of them.


We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

How to open SYM files

Important: Different programs may use files with the SYM file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your SYM file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: June 29, 2022

More file formats using the SYM extension

Through our research of SYM files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • CODESYS Symbols
  • CodeView 4 Symbolic Debug Information
  • DeLorme Vector Symbol Data
  • DeltaCad Symbol
  • GEDA Symbol
  • Harvard Graphics Symbols
  • Oberon Symbol Data
  • PolyPlot Symbol
  • Quartus Symbols Data
  • ST-CAD Symbol
  • SuperMap - AvisMap GIS SYMbol Library
  • TMT Pascal For DOS Symbols
  • Turbo Modula-2 Symbol Data

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
PCWPCWUser submitted
DeltaCadDeltaCadUser submitted
Symbol EditorSymbol EditorUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
SmartSketchSmartSketchUser submitted
SERENADE ApplicationSERENADE ApplicationUser submitted
IBM Lotus Freelance GraphicsIBM Lotus Freelance GraphicsUser submitted
TimetableTimetableUser submitted

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