A ref file extension is related to the Pro/Engineer (also known as Creo Elements/Pro). A ref file stores temporary data.

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

empty icon.ref - Reference [common]

empty icon.ref - Ad-Aware signature data

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Software that open ref file

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REF file extension - Pro/ENGINEER temporary data

What is ref file? How to open ref files?

File type specification:

Temporary file type icon Temporary file type

The ref file extension is used for temporary files in Pro/ENGINEER.

Temporary files may be created by computer programs for a variety of purposes; principally when a program cannot allocate enough memory for its tasks, when the program is working on data bigger than architecture's address space, or as a primitive form of inter-process communication.

Updated: July 29, 2019

The default software associated to open ref file:

Pro/Engineer (Creo Elements/Pro) icon

Parametric Technology Corporation logoPro/Engineer (Creo Elements/Pro)  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Parametric Technology Corporation

Pro/Engineer is integrated 3D CAD/CAM/CAE solution used to mechanical engineering, design and manufacturing. First version was released in 1997. Pro/Engineer runs on Microsoft Windows and Unix. In 2010 Pro/Engineer was renamed on Creo Elements/Pro.

Help how to open:

In vast majority of cases, users cannot access temporary saved data.

How to convert:

Temporary files are usually not meant to be converted to anything else.

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

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with ref file - Pro/ENGINEER temporary data

Click on the software link for more information about Pro/Engineer (Creo Elements/Pro). Pro/Engineer (Creo Elements/Pro) uses ref file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).

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