Files with dist file extension are associated with the Apple Mac OS X Installer distribution scripts (macOS Installer distribution scripts)-

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

empty icon.dist - SAM scoring data

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Software that open dist file

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DIST file extension - Apple Mac OS X Installer distribution script

What is dist file? How to open dist files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

dist file icon: dist filetype icon

The dist file extension is related to the installation of Apple Mac OS X (macOS) operating system developed by Apple.

The dist file stores installation scripts for customize system installation.

The dist scripts were introduced in NeXTSTEP operating system.

Updated: May 6, 2024

The default software associated to open dist file:

macOS icon

Apple, Inc. logomacOS  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

macOS is Unix-based desktop operating system, a successor of Mac OS X system for MacBook-family, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro computers, developed and sold by Apple, Inc.

Mac OS X icon

Apple, Inc. logoMac OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

OS X or Mac OS X is Unix-based operating system developed by Apple Inc. for Macintosh computers. It contains basic core applications for everyday use, such as Finder basic file manager, Safari for Internet browsing, QuickTime for video, iTunes for managing audio data and iPod, iOS devices management , iMessage instant messaging, Mail, Contacts, Calendar and many more.

The latest version 10.11 of OS X is called El Capitan. It is available to purchase on Mac App Store as well as is distributed with new Mac computers and notebooks. It includes features to improve the security, performance, design and usability.

OS X operating system was replaced by new macOS in 2016!


Next, Inc. logoNeXTSTEP  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Next, Inc.

NeXTSTEP is unix-based operating system for NeXT computers that uses Mach kernel and some BSD source codes. It is object oriented and contains multitasking features. The last version released in 1995 supports Motorola 68000 family processors, IBM PC compatible x86, Sun SPARC, and HP PA-RISC platforms. The successor of NeXTSTEP is Apple Mac OS X operating system.

Help how to open:

Use TextMate to edit *.dst files.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .dist 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 .dist file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open dist file, edit dist file, convert dist file, view dist file, play dist 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 dist files.

Software that open dist file - Apple Mac OS X Installer distribution script

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with dist file by default:
macOS small icon macOS
Mac OS X small icon Mac OS X
Other suggested software:
TextMate small icon TextMate


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