Files with esm file extension can commonly be found in games from Bethesda, such as The Elder Scrolls or Fallout series. These are settings files for various functions in the games.

There are 2 other file types using
the ESM file extension!

esm icon.esm - Enhanced Simplex image

empty icon.esm - Europay security module

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Software that open esm file

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ESM file extension - Bethesda Softworks settings

What is esm file? How to open esm files?

File type specification:

Game file type icon Game file type

The esm file extension is mainly associated with various computer games developed by Bethesda Softworks game studio.

ESM is an data format found in some Bethesda games and contains settings which control many internal functions within the game, such as run speed, jump height, how much skills affect damage, how easy it is to sneak, how condition affects weapons, and many other neat things.

The default software associated to open esm file:

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim icon

Bethesda Softworks LLC logoThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Bethesda Softworks LLC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the fifth and latest installment in The Elder Scrolls series. It was released in November 2011 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

A new edition of the game was released in 2016. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more.

Help how to open:

These files are usually not opened directly, but saved by the game when user changes settings.

How to convert:

There is no point in conversion of .esm file type but perhaps you could simply edit it using any text editor.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .esm 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 esm file, edit esm file, convert esm file, view esm file, play esm file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Settings file type for software that use esm file - Bethesda Softworks settings

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

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with esm file by default:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim small icon The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Other suggested software:
Fallout 3 small icon Fallout 3
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion small icon The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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