A tap file extension is related to some emulators of ZX Spectrum computers developed by Sinclair Research. A tap file contains image of cassette tape with software.

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

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tap file icon.tap - Geopath editor file

tap file icon.tap - Tap Tap Revenge tap file

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Software that works with tap file extension

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TAP file extension - ZX Spectrum tape image

What is tap file? How to open tap files?

File type specification:

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The tap file extension is used for a special tape file for a ZX Spectrum emulator by G.A. Lunter.

The tap file contains blocks of tape-saved data. All blocks start with two bytes specifying how many bytes will follow (not counting the two length bytes).

Then raw tape data follows, including the flag and checksum bytes. The checksum is the bitwise XOR of all bytes including the flag byte.

TAP format was used for some C64 tape images as well.

The default software associated to tap file type:

XZX-Pro icon

XZX-Pro  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
  Erik Kunze

XZX-Pro is a portable emulator of ZX Spectrum 48K/128K/+3 and Spectrum clones, for machines running UNIX and the X Window system.

Help how to open TAP files:

Use XZX-Pro to open *.tap tape files.

How to convert file with extension TAP:

As far as we know, this .tap 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.

Related links:

Emulator Zone website

World of Spectrum - Archives, Emulators, Utilities, Documents, all about Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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

  • Open tap file

Software that open tap file - ZX Spectrum tape image

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

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