Files with res extension are used by Microsoft Linker utility. They can be specified when they are linked a program.

There are 6 other file types using
the RES file extension!

empty icon.res - Game resource data [common]

empty icon.res - Microsoft C, C++ compiled resource file

empty icon.res - Delphi resource data

res icon.res - Steam Client resource data

empty icon.res - SHELX output file

empty icon.res - SWAT reservoir input file

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RES file extension - Microsoft Linker resource compiler input file

What is res file? How to open res files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

The res file extension is associated with the Microsoft Linker. The .res file stores resources for compiler.

You can specify a .res file when linking a program. The .res file is created by the resource compiler (RC). LINK automatically converts .res files to COFF. The CVTRES.exe tool must be in the same directory as LINK.exe or in a directory specified in the PATH environment variable.

Windows NT uses a special format for the executable (image) files and object files. The format used in these files are referred to as Portable Executable (PE) or Common Object File Format (COFF) files. The name Portable Executable refers to the fact that executable files can run on more than one platform. This article describes in detail the internal features of PE/COFF file formats and its parameters.

The default software associated to open res file:

Microsoft Visual Studio icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Visual Studio  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create applications for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, .NET Framework, Silverlight as well as dynamic websites and web applications. Visual Studio is available for Windows and Mac.

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 .res 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 .res 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 res file, edit res file, convert res file, view res file, play res file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with res file - Microsoft Linker resource compiler input file

Click on the software link for more information about Microsoft Visual Studio. Microsoft Visual Studio uses res 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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