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

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

empty icon.ans - HotDocs answer file

empty icon.ans - ANSYS model data

ans icon.ans - Microsoft Word text and layout data

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ANS file extension - ANSI text (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.

Updated: April 19, 2024

The default software associated to open ans file:

NotePad++ text editor icon

Notepad++ Team logoNotePad++ text editor  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Notepad++ Team

A 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. logoTextEdit  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

TextEdit is a native plain text editor distributed as a part of MacOS that can open and edit a variety types of text files.

Help how to open:

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

How to convert:

Compatible tools may be able to export *.ans files to other formats.

Related links:

ANSI website

ANSI art on Wikipedia

List of software applications associated to the .ans file extension

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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).

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

Programs supporting the exension ans on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open ans file action.

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
Sublime Text small icon Sublime Text
PSPad small icon PSPad

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with ans file by default:
TextEdit small icon TextEdit
Other suggested software:
Sublime Text for Mac small icon Sublime Text for Mac


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