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Open DAT File

File type: Generic Data File


The DAT file extension is a generic format. A number of distinct applications generate it. Usually the same program that created it.

This file can store information in either binary or text format with the text-based data file. You can view it with any standard text editing program.

The structure of this file type is not from any specific outline due to its broad range of uses.

The exclusivity about this format is primarily in the area of allowing its access to the specific files it is associated with. Any attempt to open this file by any other application would result in an access error.

Moreover, this file type is virtually useless without the application it is identified with. The best and easiest way to identify the application is to contact its author.

The use of trial and error method is completely out of the question. Due to the wide usage of this particular type in the computer industry.


How to Open DAT File

Category: Data Files
File format: Open-Source
Open with Windows: Original program that created the file. Text editor
Open with Linux: Original program that created the file. Text editor
Some of the more popular programs to open a dat file format are
  • the MapInfo,
  • Runtime GetDataBack,
  • Ontrack EasyRecovery,
  • SoftVelocity Clarion,
  • Nullsoft Winamp,
  • Nero ShowTime,
  • Corel WordPerfect,
  • and the Microsoft Visual Studio software.
One of the more popular variants of the DAT file extension is the INDEX.DAT. Which is associated with the shield attributes that focus on storing details. It is about the allowed websites visited by the user as well as saving information on his surfing history.
It is normally stored with hidden properties in the same folder or directory as its application.
The DAT files extension can also be seen in relation with video streams using the MPEG  formats. In this context, the DAT format usually contains information on the type of video contained. Its name, and its length.
This data however is normally stored in binary form. And it is not readable even if the files can be opened with a standard text editor.
This generic data format is an integral part of some applications. They may not function properly without its presence.


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