Files with elf suffix can be found as executables in the executable and linkable format. Used mainly on some Unix and Linux based systems.

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

empty icon.elf - Black Belt Systems extended layer file

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ELF file - ELF executable file

What is elf file? How to open elf files?

File type specification:

Program executable file type icon Program executable file type

File extension elf is one of the suffixes commonly used for Executable and Linkable Format. Also known simply as ELF, it is a common standard file format for executables, object code, shared libraries, and core dumps, mainly used on Unix and Unix-like systems.

Generally speaking, ELF format has replaced older executable formats in various environments. These are used in my Unix and Linux systems, gaming consoles such as Sony PlaystationNintendo Wii, or Dreamcast. It was also used in some operating systems running on PowerPC like AmigaOS 4 or MorphOS, and mobile operating systems like Symbian OS 9, or Bada.

ELF format can also have different file extensions to specify its purpose, such as .o files (objects) .so files (shared libraries), .prx or .puff files. But these serve different purpose.

Help how to open:

.elf files are executables and are meant to launch program, not to be opened as single files.

How to convert:

These files are executables and cannot be simply converted or exported to something else.

List of software applications associated to the .elf 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 elf file, edit elf file, convert elf file, view elf file, play elf 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 ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting elf files.

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Software that open elf file - ELF executable file

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

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