TXT File - opening and understanding

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

What is a TXT file?

Files that contain the .txt file extension are files that store unformatted generic text contents. These files can be created by almost any text editing or word processing application, however, the TXT file format does not support features and functions such as tables, graphics, bolding or italics.

Text files that are created in the TXT file format are structured as a series of text lines. These files are considered to be universal platform files and can be opened on almost any operating system including mobile devices.

Popular applications that save unformatted text documents with the .txt extension include Notepad and TextEdit.

How to open TXT 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 TXT for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension TXT

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org CalcUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
UltraEditUltraEditUser submitted
EmEditorEmEditorUser submitted
AegisubAegisubUser submitted
StarOffice WriterStarOffice WriterUser submitted
Crescent EveCrescent EveUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with TXT-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 TXT-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!