The ans file extension is associated with the ANSI Art text file format.

There are 3 other file types using
the ANS file extension!

ans file icon.ans - HotDocs answer file

ans file icon.ans - ANSYS model data

ans file icon.ans - Microsoft Word text and layout file

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ANS file extension - ANSI text file (ANSI Art)

What is ans file? How to open ans files?

File type specification:

Text file type icon Text file type

The ans file extension is related to ANSI art, a computer artform that was widely used at one time on BBSes.

It is similar to ASCII art, but constructed from a larger set of 256 letters, numbers, and symbols — all codes found in IBM code page 437, often referred to as extended ASCII and used in MS-DOS environments.

ANSI art also contains special ANSI escape sequences that color text with the 16 foreground and 8 background colors offered by ANSI.SYS, an MS-DOS device driver loosely based upon the ANSI X3.64 standard for text terminals.

Some ANSI artists take advantage of the cursor control sequences within ANSI X3.64 in order to create animations, commonly referred to as ANSImations.

The default software associated to ans file type:

NotePad++ text editor icon

Notepad++ Team logo NotePad++ text editor  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Notepad++ Team

Notepad++ is very popular free text and source code editor. It supports syntax highlighting and syntax folding for C, C++, HTML, ASP, Java, Pascal, PHP, Cobol, CSS etc. Notepad++ also supports plugins to add new features. It is localized to many languages.

TextEdit icon

Apple, Inc. logo TextEdit  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

TextEdit is native plain text editor distributed as a part of Mac OS X that can open edit variety types of text files.

Help how to open ANS files:

Use text editor to view content of *.ans files.

How to convert file with extension ANS:

Currently there is no specific information available, about how to convert this file extension.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert text files

Related links:

ANSI website

ANSI art on Wikipedia

List of software applications associated to the .ans file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open ans file, edit ans file, convert ans file, view ans file, play ans file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the ans files.

  • Open ans file
  • Save ans file
  • Edit ans file
  • Create ans file

Software that open ans file - ANSI text file (ANSI Art)

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Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ans file by default:
NotePad++ text editor small icon NotePad++ text editor
Other suggested software:
Microsoft Windows NotePad small icon Microsoft Windows NotePad

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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