WAR File Type

- The quick facts

What are WAR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a WAR 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 WAR file?

A .WAR file is a Java Web Archive file. Files with file extension WAR are Web Application Archives. Each of these files contains a web service written in the Java programming language. The file is meant to be run on a web server supporting Java so that you can access it through your web browser.

However, the format is similar to JAR, an archive format many decompression tools can read, so if you need to peek inside a WAR file to look at the included resources like JAR files, servlets, JSP files, HTML files, etc. it is certainly possible.

How to open WAR files

We have identified 2 WAR openers for Windows that are compatible with this specific type of WAR file.

Programs that open Java Web Archive files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: January 5, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension WAR

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of WAR files. Remember, different programs may use WAR 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 WAR-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 WAR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!