UU File

What are UU files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an UU 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 an UU file?

UU files have multiple uses, and UUEncoded is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

UUEncoded file

Files using the .uu file extension are uuencoded Unix files. The word "uuencoded" is derived from the Unix-to-Unix encoding process.

The Uuencode program takes the application's binary files and converts them into a text-based file format. These files are commonly used to email documents and prevent the documents from being corrupted during file transfer. The UCCP process converts characters between computer character sets.

These files are often destroyed when a user tries to open the file if the file has not been unencoded. Hence, the UUENCODED file format. Once a file has been sent using the UU file format, the file must be unencoded before the recipient can open the original file on his or her hard drive.

How to open UU files

We have identified four UU openers that are compatible with this specific type of UU file.

Programs that open UUEncoded files

WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderVerified

Last updated: November 10, 2022

More file formats using the UU extension

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

  • UUencoded Base64 Text

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