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

What is an XLSB file?

An .XLSB file is an Excel Binary Workbook file. The .xlsb file format is used in files created by programs that generate documents using spreadsheets and forms like Microsoft Excel. XLSB stands for "Excel Spreadsheet Binary". XLSB are Excel files that are different from .xlsx (a more common form of Excel Workbook) in terms of formatting and speed. XLSB files contain information that is written or encoded in binary format instead of the typical XML format commonly used in other Excel files. Because XLSB files are in binary format, they can be read and written much faster, making them extremely useful for huge spreadsheets. This characteristic of .xlsb also makes the files faster to calculate, encouraging efficient use of memory storage since the size of .xlsb is smaller compared to .xlsx files.

But here is the catch. If you are using older versions of Microsoft Excel, such as the 2003 version or earlier, they do not support .xlsb files. Also, if you are using other spreadsheet applications besides MS Excel, using .xlsb files with them might cause problems that can render the file unreadable.

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

Suggest another file format using extension XLSB

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

Various XLSB file openers, viewers, etc.

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