Files with tap extension are mainly related to some emulators of ZX Spectrum computers developed by Sinclair Research. A tap file contains image of cassette tape with software.

There are 3 other file types using
the TAP file extension!

empty icon.tap - Happy embroidery design

empty icon.tap - Geopath editor data

empty icon.tap - Tap Tap Revenge tap file

Detailed description

Software that open tap file

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TAP file extension - ZX Spectrum tape image

What is tap file? How to open tap files?

File type specification:

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File extension tap is used for a special tape file for a ZX Spectrum emulator by G.A. Lunter.

The tap file contains blocks of tape-saved data. All blocks start with two bytes specifying how many bytes will follow (not counting the two length bytes).

Then raw tape data follows, including the flag and checksum bytes. The checksum is the bitwise XOR of all bytes including the flag byte.

TAP format was used for some C64 tape images as well.

Updated: December 1, 2023

The default software associated to open tap file:

XZX-Pro icon

XZX-Pro  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Erik Kunze

XZX-Pro is a portable emulator of ZX Spectrum 48K/128K/+3 and Spectrum clones, for machines running UNIX and the X Window system.

Help how to open:

Use XZX-Pro to open *.tap tape files.

How to convert:

Conversion to other formats is not possible.

Related links:

Emulator Zone website

World of Spectrum - Archives, Emulators, Utilities, Documents, all about Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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

Software that open tap file - ZX Spectrum tape image

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

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