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Files with BAT extension can be commonly found as so called batch files. These text files are small scripts that contain a sequence of commands for a computer operating system.

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BAT file extension - Batch file (executable)

What is .bat file?

The BAT file extension is traditionally used for batch files. A batch file is a text file that contains a sequence of commands for a computer operating system.

It's called a batch file because it batches (bundles or packages) into a single file a set of commands that would otherwise have to be presented to the system interactively from a keyboard one at a time. A batch file is usually created for command sequences for which a user has a repeated need. Commonly needed batch files are often delivered as part of an operating system. You initiate the sequence of commands in the batch file by simply entering the name of the batch file on a command line.

In MS-DOS. the best known batch file used was is the AUTOEXEC.BAT that initialized DOS when the system was started. In Unix-based operating systems, a batch file is called a shell script. In IBM's mainframe VM operating systems, it's called an EXEC.

MIME: application/x-msdos-program, application/x-msdownload, application/bat, application/x-bat, application/textedit, application/octet-stream

The default software associated to bat file type:

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Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp.. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS.  MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Windows 8.1. It is also available Windows Technical Preview (Windows 10 Technical Preview).

On NT core are also developed server versions of Microsoft Windows. The latest version is Windows 2008 Server. For portable devices and small computers, Microsoft develops Windows CE operating system.

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Help how to open BAT files:

You can edit batch files (*.bat) with any text editor.

How to convert file with extension BAT:

As far as we know, this .bat file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

Popular bat conversions:

bat to exe

Find converter to bat file type:

txt to bat

Related links:

Batch File Command Reference for Windows 2000

List of software applications associated to the .bat 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 bat file, edit bat file, convert bat file, view bat file, play bat file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

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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 bat files.

  • Open bat file
  • Edit bat file
  • Create bat file
  • Import bat file
  • Recover bat file

Software that open bat file - Batch file (executable)

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