TAB File - opening and understanding

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

What is a TAB file?

Files that contain the .tab file extension are commonly used for tab-separated data files. These files contain a table of information that stores columns of data that is separated by tabs.

The TAB file format allows the data contained in the file to be imported by almost any spreadsheet application, which will format the information contained in the file into individual data cells in spreadsheet format. These files are also commonly saved with the .tsv file extension.

The .tab file extension is also used for guitar tablature files. These files often contain guitar tabs along with song lyrics in text-based format.

How to open TAB 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 TAB for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension TAB

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
TableauTableauUser submitted
ThinkFree OfficeThinkFree OfficeUser submitted
MapInfo Professional for Microsoft WindowsMapInfo Professional for Microsoft WindowsUser submitted
MapInfo ProfessionalMapInfo ProfessionalUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio .NETMicrosoft Visual Studio .NETUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
ThinkFree Office CalcThinkFree Office CalcUser submitted
Flash Movie PlayerFlash Movie PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with TAB-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 TAB-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!