Files with swo suffix seems to be mainly encountered as temporary files from Vim text editing software.

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SWO file extension - Vim temporary file

What is swo file? How to open swo files?

File type specification:

Temporary file type icon Temporary file type

File extension swo file extension is best known for its use in Vim, a configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing for Windows, Unix, Linux, Mac OS X and other operating systems. This type of .swo file stores temporary data.

The default software associated to swo file type:

Vim icon

Vim  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Bram Moolenaar

Vim is configurable text editor used to efficient text editing. It is based on the VI editor distributed with most UNIX operating systems.

Help how to open SWO files:

You cannot access these files manually, they are generated for temporary purposes only.

How to convert file with extension SWO:

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

List of recommended software applications associated to the .swo file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open swo file, edit swo file, convert swo file, view swo file, play swo file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

  • Others swo file

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with swo file - Vim temporary file

Click on the software link for more information about Vim. Vim uses swo 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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