A cia file extension is associated with the Nintendo 3DS CTR importable archive format.

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

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CIA file extension - Nintendo 3DS CTR importable archive

What is cia file? How to open cia files?

File type specification:

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The cia file extension is related to the Nintendo 3DS, a handheld video gaming console, released in 2011.

The cia file contains archive with video game installation, metadata, ticket (encrypted titlekey) used by Nintendo 3DS for gamecard updates from 3DS eShop.

Help how to open CIA files:

Use ctrtool to open *.cia files.

How to convert file with extension CIA:

As far as we know, this .cia 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.

List of software applications associated to the .cia file extension

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

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

  • Open cia file
  • Extract cia file

Software that open cia file - Nintendo 3DS CTR importable archive

Click on the link to get more information about ctrtool for open cia file action.


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