TEMP File - opening and understanding

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

What is a TEMP file?

Files that contain the .temp file extension are used by a variety of different computer applications. These files usually contain temporary data and are created for many different purposes.

TEMP files are most commonly created when a computer application cannot allocate adequate memory to complete the tasks that it needs to perform. TEMP files are often created during the auto-save process and for software lock files, cache files and backup files. The TEMP file format is very similar to the BAK and TMP file formats.

Oftentimes an application will automatically delete a TEMP file after it is no longer needed.

How to open TEMP 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 TEMP for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different TEMP openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension TEMP

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with TEMP-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
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