A keytab file extension is related to the Unix and Unix-like operating systems. A keytab file contains encrypted keys for Kerberos protocol.

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KEYTAB file extension - Unix Kerberos encrypted key

What is keytab file? How to open keytab files?

File type specification:

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The keytab file extension is associated with the Unix, Linux, Mac OS X (macOS) and other Unix-based operating systems.

The keytab file stores pairs of Kerberos principals and encrypted keys.

Kerberos is a computer network authentication protocol.

The default software associated to open keytab 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.

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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.

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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:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .keytab 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 recommended software applications associated to the .keytab 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 keytab file, edit keytab file, convert keytab file, view keytab file, play keytab file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with keytab file - Unix Kerberos encrypted key

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with keytab file by default:
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Other suggested software:
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Main software associated with keytab file by default:
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