Files with file extension are usually just a generic files, or files without file extension. These can be used by various apps and operating systems.

There are 3 other file types using
the FILE file extension!

empty icon.file - AS/400 physical data

empty icon.file - macOS (OS X) data

empty icon.file - Spotify cache

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Software that open file file

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FILE file extension - Generic data

What is file file? How to open file files?

File type specification:

Various data file type icon Various data file type

File extension file means generic file, or file without file extension.

Generic files, or files without file extension is related to various operating systems, like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X (macOS), Linux etc. as well as apps.

Generic files often stored data used for internal purposes of system, or app. However, you can try to open it by drag and drop to app that you think is able to open file. Also you can use File → Open option in app.

Updated: May 6, 2024

The default software associated to open file file:

Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

A family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS. MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Microsoft Windows 11.

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.

Linux operating systems icon

Various Linux developers logoLinux operating systems  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Various Linux developers

Linux is family of Unix-based operating systems. Linux kernel supports variety of devices such as desktop computers, smart phones, tablet computers, routers, video game consoles etc. Linux is also leading operating system for servers. Linux is available for free in many distributions on the Internet.

Popular distributions for desktops are Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Debian. For servers are variants of Red Hat, Xandros, Slackware, Debian, SUSE etc.

Operating system for smart phones called Android is also based on Linux. Nokia developed Linux based operating systems for smart phones called MeeGo and Maemo.

Unix icon

The Open Group logoUnix  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
The Open Group

A multi-tasking operating system for various platforms, the first version of UNIX was released in 1969. It is developed by AT&T as well as various commercial vendors, universities and non-profit organizations. Traditional Original Unix systems have characteristics of Version 7 Unix or UNIX System V. Unix Specification have Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, z/OS etc. Other systems, such as Linux and BSD are called Unix-like or Unix system-like.

Help how to open:

Use compatible app to open *.file files.

How to convert:

Compatible apps may be able to export *.file to other formats.

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

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with file file - Generic data

Click on the software link(s) for more information. Suggested software applications use file file type for internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file file actions.

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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


Main software associated with file file by default:
Linux operating systems small icon Linux operating systems
Unix small icon Unix
Other suggested software:
FreeBSD small icon FreeBSD
NetBSD small icon NetBSD

Apple iOS:

Google Android:

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