Files with patch extension are generally data files that contain fixes or patches for a program or software.

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

empty icon.patch - Digidesign Structure audio data

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Software that open patch file

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PATCH file extension - Patch

What is patch file? How to open patch files?

File type specification:

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File extension patch is generally used for files that contain computer software patches or fixes.

A patch is a small piece of software designed to update or fix problems with a computer program or its supporting data. This includes fixing bugs, replacing graphics and improving the usability or performance. Though meant to fix problems, poorly designed patches can sometimes introduce new problems.

Also used by Unix program patch, which updates text files with instructions in a patch file.

Steam client also uses .patch file extension for game updates and patches.

Updated: November 11, 2022

The default software associated to open patch file:

Steam icon

Valve Corporation logoSteam  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Valve Corporation

Steam is digital distribution and multiplayer platform. It is used to distribution of computer games, game updates and also has chat and in-game voices features.

Help how to open:

Some patch files, especially those on unix/linux platform, can sometimes be opened in text editors.

How to convert:

It does not seem to be possible to convert patch files to anything else.

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

Software that open patch file - Patch

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

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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