The QED file extension is related to the QEMU a hardware emulator for Windows and Linux. The *.qed file stores disk image.

There is one other file type using
the QED file extension!

qed file icon.qed - Memory-Map Navigator map file

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Software that works with qed file extension

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QED file extension - QEMU enhanced disk image file

What is qed file? How to open qed files?

File type specification:

Disk image (ISO) binary file type icon Disk image (ISO) binary file type

The QED file extension is associated with the QEMU (Quick EMUlator) a free hardware virtualization software for Microsoft Windows, Linux and some Unix-based systems.

The *.qed file stores disk image with virtualized hard drive. QED format supports backing files and sparse images.

The default software associated to qed file type:

QEMU icon

QEMU  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  Fabrice Bellard

QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performances.

Help how to open QED files:

Use QEMU or VirtualBox to open *.qed disk images.

How to convert file with extension QED:

Most disk image formats can be nowadays converted to standard ISO format, however conversion between various formats is typically possible. Your best option is typically some disk image management tool with broad format support, for example ISOBuster.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert disk images

List of software applications associated to the .qed 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 qed file, edit qed file, convert qed file, view qed file, play qed 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 qed files.

  • Open qed file
  • Create qed file

Software that open qed file - QEMU enhanced disk image file

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open qed file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


Main software associated with qed file by default:
QEMU small icon QEMU
Other suggested software:
VirtualBox for Linux small icon VirtualBox for Linux

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