Files with ini file extension can be mainly found as configuration files from many applications written for Microsoft Windows, or even the operating system itself.

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

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INI file extension - Text configuration data

What is ini file? How to open ini files?

File type specification:

Configuration file type icon Configuration file type

ini file icon: ini filetype icon

File extension ini is primarily used for configuration files in many Windows applications.

A typical .ini file contains set of parameters for the program to be used when its started. Probably short for initialize.

Updated: November 21, 2023

The default software associated to open ini 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.

Help how to open:

Use Notepad or any text/code editor to view and edit the *.ini files.

How to convert:

You cannot convert *.ini configuration to anything else, however you may edit them using any text editor.

Find conversions from ini file:

ini to gif

ini to txt

ini to xml

Find converter to ini file type:

txt to ini

xml to ini

List of software applications associated to the .ini 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 ini file, edit ini file, convert ini file, view ini file, play ini 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 ini files.

Software that open ini file - Text configuration data

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

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ini file by default:
Microsoft Windows small icon Microsoft Windows
Other suggested software:
UltraEdit small icon UltraEdit
NotePad++ text editor small icon NotePad++ text editor
Sublime Text small icon Sublime Text
PSPad small icon PSPad
GetDiz small icon GetDiz
Microsoft Windows NotePad small icon Microsoft Windows NotePad

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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