There are 14 other file types using
the DAT file extension!
.dat - Video CD MPEG movie MPEG1 [common]
.dat - Game data [common]
.dat - Sony Digital Audio Tape
.dat - Microsoft Internet Explorer cache
.dat - SPOT image format
.dat - Unreal Tournament data
.dat - Nero BackItUp drive image file
.dat - Shareaza thumbnail
.dat - Thumbnail cache file
.dat - SWAT database file
.dat - Tecplot ASCII data file
.dat - Barudan Embroidery format
.dat - Bitcoin wallet file
.dat - Prince of Persia game data
DAT file extension - Program data
What is dat file? How to open dat files?
File type specification:
File extension dat is traditionally used by many various applications or programs for their data or resource files.
Data files cannot be opened directly in an application, they often contain data for internal purposes only. Different formats sharing the same file extension.
Most notably, the dat file extension was and still is commonly used for system files in MS-DOS and Windows operating systems. For example the Windows/System32 folder in latest Windows 10 is still full of various .dat files.
But overall, a .dat file may be anything. If you are unsure about the origins of your .dat file, first and foremost run some antivirus software. Once you know the file is safe, use FileAlyzer to determine the origin of your file.
Note: Some of the more unique .dat files have their own entries in our database. For example:
The default software associated to dat file type:
Company or developer:
FileAlyzer allows a basic analysis of files (showing file properties and file contents in hex dump form) and is able to interpret common file contents like resources structures (like text, graphics, HTML, media and PE).
List of recommended software applications associated to the .dat 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 dat file, edit dat file, convert dat file, view dat file, play dat file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).
- Others dat file
Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with dat file - Program data
Click on the software link for more information about FileAlyzer. FileAlyzer uses dat file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).