File type: Generic Data File
The DAT file extension is a generic format generated by a number of distinct applications accessible by the same program that created it. This file can store information in either binary or text format with the text-based data file viewable with any standard text editing program.
The structural organization of this file type is not based on any specific outline due to its broad range of uses. The exclusivity associated with this file format is primarily in the area of allowing its access to the specific file it is associated with. Any attempt to open this file by any other application would result in an unauthorized access error.
Moreover, this file type is virtually useless without the corresponding application it is identified with. The best and easiest way to accurately identify the corresponding application is to contact its author. The use of trial and error association method is completely out of the question due to the wide usage of this particular type in the computer industry.
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
One of the more popular variants of the DAT file extension is the INDEX.DAT which is commonly associated with the shield attributes that focus on storing details based on 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 associated application. The DAT file extension can also be seen in relation with video streams using the MPEG file extension formats. In this context, the DAT format file usually contains information on the type of video contained, its name, and length. This data however is normally stored in binary form and is not readable even if the file can be opened with a standard text editor. This generic data file format is an integral part of some applications which may not function properly without its presence. Some of the more popular programs to make use of the DAT format file are the MapInfo, Runtime GetDataBack, Ontrack EasyRecovery, SoftVelocity Clarion, Nullsoft Winamp, Nero ShowTime, Corel WordPerfect, and the Microsoft Visual Studio software.