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Common database file definition and 22 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension dbf is used by following file type(s):

file type 1 description:
Default file extension for .dbf file type:
Common database file
DBF file suffix is related to database files used by many database management programs. Common format.
Programs
that open dbf files:
Corel Paradox (Microsoft Windows)
Corel Quattro Pro (Microsoft Windows)
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Recovery Software (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Query (Microsoft Windows)
OpenOffice.org Calc (multiplatform software)
Visual FoxPro (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 2 description:
AbacusLaw data file
The DBF file extension is associated with AbacusLaw and used for its data file.
Programs
that open dbf files:
AbacusLaw (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 3 description:
ACDSee thumbnail cache file
The DBF file extension is associated with the ACDSee. File contains thumbnail cache.
Programs
that open dbf files:
ACDSee Photo Manager (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 4 description:
Act! main database file
File extension for Act! database file.
Programs
that open dbf files:
Act! (Microsoft Windows)

 

 file type 5 description:
Alpha Five table data file
Contains the table's data, one or more records, each containing one or more fields, and the definition of the table's structure.
System toolbars are stored in a_toolbars_customized.DBF and system menus are stored in a_menus_system.DBF.
Programs
that open dbf files:
Alpha Five (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 6 description:
Arago database file
Arago a dBASE IV-compatible DBMS and compiler (Arago Quicksilver) originally developed by WordTech Systems. In 1992, the technology was acquired by Borland.
Programs
that open dbf files:
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 7 description:
ArcView Shapefile attribute table file
The DBF file extension is associated with ArcView Shapefile attribute format The .dbf files use columnar attributes for each shape and are in in dBase III format.

The ESRI Shapefile is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. It is developed and regulated by ESRI as a (mostly) open specification for data interoperability among ESRI and other software products. A shapefile commonly refers to a collection of files with *.shp, *.shx, .dbf, and other extensions on a common prefix name (e.g., "lakes.*"). The actual shapefile relates specifically to files with the ".shp" extension, however this file alone is incomplete for distribution, as the other supporting files are required.

Shapefiles spatially describe geometries: points, polylines, and polygons. These, for example, could represent water wells, rivers, and lakes, respectively. Each item may also have attributes, that describe the items, such as the name or temperature.

Programs
that open dbf files:
ArcView (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 8 description:
CLIPPER database file
The DBF file extension is associated with Clipper, a computer programming language that is used to create software programs that originally operated primarily under DOS. Although it is a powerful general-purpose programming language, it was primarily used to create database/business programs. Clipper was originally created in 1985 as a compiler for dBASE III.
Programs
that open dbf files:
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)

 

 file type 9 description:
dBASE III/IV database file
File extension used by dBASE and compatible applications for database files.
Programs
that open dbf files:
Ability Database (Microsoft Windows)
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)
LibreOffice Calc (multiplatform software)
NeoOffice (Apple OS X)
OpenOffice.org Calc (multiplatform software)
PlanMaker (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 10 description:
dBFast database file
Database file used by dBFast. dBFast is an older multiuser version of the standalone dBase/Xbase-compatible development language and database. The product also cooperates with dBase applications, sharing data over a LAN. In addition to graphics support on screen, dBFast exploits the output capabilities of Windows.
Programs
that open dbf files:
dBFast (Microsoft Windows)
LibreOffice Base (multiplatform software)

 

file type 11 description:
FLAMES Recorder output file
The DBF file extension is related to FLAMES, a family of COTS software products that support live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) simulation of commercial and military vehicles and systems, developed and sold by Ternion Corporation.

An *.dbf file contains FLAMES Recorder output data. These files can be used as input files for FLARE.

Programs
that open dbf files:
FLAMES (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Excel (Microsoft Windows)

 

 file type 12 description:
iAnywhere database file
Database file used by mobile database software iAnywhere.
Programs
that open dbf files:
iAnywhere (multiplatform software)

 

file type 13 description:
JetForm FormFlow data file
The DBF file extension is also associated with JetForm FormFlow.

FormFlow was the name of a line of electronic forms products initially created and sold by Delrina in the early- to mid-1990s. The first product in this line was PerForm, which was designed to work under GEM in DOS. The FormFlow and FormFlow PRO products that succeeded PerForm were designed to work on Windows 3.1.

Delrina was bought by Symantec late in 1995, and the electronic forms division was sold to JetForm in 1996. JetForm, which later changed its name to Accelio, was in turn was bought by Adobe Systems, and the electronic forms products were officially end-of-lifed in 2004.

 

file type 14 description:
Nova Logic game dialog binary format
Dialog binary format (may need to be decrypted).
Programs
that open dbf files:
Delta Force (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 15 description:
NovaBACKUP backup database file
The DBF file extension is used by NovaBACKUP for its backup database files.
Programs
that open dbf files:
NovaBACKUP (Microsoft Windows)

 

Oracle Database (multiplatform software)

 file type 16 description:
Oracle 8.x tablespace file
File extension used by Oracle database system.

 

file type 17 description:
Palm Zire photo database file
The DPF file extension is associated with the Palm operating system. File contains photo database used by Palm.
Programs
that open dbf files:
Palm OS (other devices) (Windows Phone/Metro)

 

 file type 18 description:
Psion Series 3 file
Database files (DBF files) are binary files containing typed, variable length records. Many SIBO applications (for example, the MC Diary and the Series 3 Database) store their data in DBF files. The data files created and manipulated by OPL are also examples of DBF files.

Database files are designed to be Flash-friendly, that is, they may be stored and manipulated in Flash SSDs (or any other EPROM medium). A DBF file stored on such a medium may be modified by appending, deleting, or replacing records without having to make a new copy of the entire file.

The chapter Database Files in the PLIB Reference manual describes DBF files from the point of view of reading and writing them using PLIB function calls such as DbfOpen, DbfAppend, DbfFindRead, and DbfNextRead. The ISAM Manual discusses more advanced techniques for using DBF files, in conjunction with independent keyed index files. The present chapter focuses instead upon a description allowing access to DBF files independently of these specialised PLIB and ISAM functions.

First, the basic structure of a general DBF file is reviewed, and then particular examples are given of how various SIBO applications use DBF files. This information should assist the creation of file format conversion programs such as might run on another computer, for example converting between Series 3 Agenda files and files that can be read directly by PC-based PIMs (Personal Information Managers).

 

 file type 19 description:
The Network Diary database file
Database file used by The Network Diary.
Programs
that open dbf files:
The Network Diary (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 20 description:
Visual FoxPro database table file
The DBF file extension is associated with the Visual FoxPro object oriented database programming language and relational database system for Windows. The .dbf file is database table that contains header and data records. Header part defines the structure of the table and data part contains the actual text of the fields.
Programs
that open dbf files:
Advanced Database Recovery (Microsoft Windows)
Advanced DBF Repair (Microsoft Windows)
FoxPro (Microsoft Windows)
Visual FoxPro (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 21 description:
Wordtech database file
Database file. dBase compatible software.
Programs
that open dbf files:
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 22 description:
xBase database file
xBase is the generic term for all programming languages that derive from the original dBASE (Ashton-Tate) programming language and database formats. These are sometimes informally known as dBASE "clones". While there was a non-commercial predecessor to the Ashton-Tate product (Vulcan written by Wayne Ratliff), most clones are based on Ashton-Tate's 1986 dBASE III+ release-scripts written in the dBASE III+ dialect are most likely to run on the clones.
Programs
that open dbf files:
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
DBF Viewer 2000 (Microsoft Windows)

DjVu image file definition and linked programs information.

 

File extension djvu is used by following file type(s):

djvu file type description:
Default file extension for .djvu file type:
DjVu image file
DJVU file suffix is related to DjVu image format designed to efficiently store scanned images and have much lower file size compared to other image formats such as JPEG. .
Programs
that open djvu files:
ACDSee Photo Manager (Microsoft Windows)
DjVulibre (multiplatform software)
FastPictureViewer Professional (Microsoft Windows)
WinDjView (Microsoft Windows)
XnView (multiplatform software)

4oD Player playlist definition and 6 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension do is used by following file type(s):

file type 1 description:
4oD Player playlist
Playlist used by 4oD media player.
Related programs
that open do files:
4oD

 

file type 2 description:
Apache Struts file
The .do file extension is part of the Apache Struts system, framework for building Java-based dynamic web sites. It's an implementation of the Model-View-Controller design paradigm.
Related programs
that open do files:
Firefox, Internet Explorer

 

file type 3 description:
Digital Line Graph optional vector data
A Digital Line Graph (DLG) is digital vector data representing cartographic information. DLGs contain a wide variety of information depicting geographic features (for example, hypsography, hydrography, boundaries, roads, utility lines, etc). DLGs are derived from hypsographic data (contour lines) using USGS 7.5-minute, 15-minute, 2-arc-second (30- by 60-minute), and 1:2 million-scale topographic quadrangle maps.
Related programs
that open do files:
Global Mapper

 

 file type 4 description:
Disk image file
A "disk image" is typically a file containing every data byte on a diskette,i.e. Catalog tracks, files, DOS (if present) etc.. One kind of disk image, NIB, tries to preserve all disk information (e.g. sector headers, sync bytes, etc.).

Apple II emulators running on a PC, Mac, etc. treat disk image files like diskettes. Disk image files are also a handy way to archive Apple II disks on hard disk and to maintain wares on ftp and other download sites.

An image which is in DOS 3.3 order. This suffix is seldom used today.

Related programs
that open do files:
Apple2 Oasis, AppleWin

 

file type 5 description:
Java Servlet file
Web-based Java program run by a Web server, such as IBM WebSphere. Used for generating dynamic Web pages. ,
Content of the file can edit a JSP web developer. Results can be viewed by common web browser.
Related programs
that open do files:
Web browser, Java, Apache Tomcat

 

 file type 6 description:
ModelSim script file
Script files used by ModelSim.
Related programs
that open do files:
ModelSim

 

Generally database file definition and 27 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension db is used by following file type(s):

file type 1 description:
Default file extension for .db file type:
Generally database file
The DB file extension is used by various applications for database. Database is a structured collection of records or data that is stored in a computer system. The structure is achieved by organizing the data according to a database model. The model in most common use today is the relational model. Other models such as the hierarchical model and the network model use a more explicit representation of relationships.
Programs
that open db files:
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
Oracle Database (multiplatform software)

 

 file type 2 description:
ANSYS database file
The DB file extension is used by some specialized ANSYS applications for their databases.

 

file type 3 description:
Apple Safari cache database file
File extension used by Apple Safari for database cache file.
Programs
that open db files:
Safari (Apple OS X)

 

file type 4 description:
ArcView object database file
The db file extension is associated with ArcView. ArcView is a part of Esri's ArcGIS Desktop a GIS (geographic information system) used to work with maps and geographic information.  The db files contain attribute data and are considered as databases.
Programs
that open db files:
ArcView (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 5 description:
Atari Jaguar debugger script file
DB file suffix is associated with Atari Jaguar. Debugger script file.

 

file type 6 description:
Corel Paradox database file
The DB file extension is associated with Paradox, a relational database management system sold by Corel Corporation, which is part of some editions of Corel WordPerfect Office suite.

The .db files contain databases created by the application.

Programs
that open db files:
Corel Paradox (Microsoft Windows)
Corel Quattro Pro (Microsoft Windows)
Corel WordPerfect Office (Microsoft Windows)
Paradox database recovery (Microsoft Windows)

 

 file type 7 description:
data by Smartware
The DB file extension is used for Smartware dabase file. Since its establishment in 1983, SmartWare has been delivering high quality reliable IT solutions and services to a wide range of businesses and organizations.
Programs
that open db files:
SmartWare II (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 8 description:
data by XTreeGold
File extension used by XTreeGold - file manager software.
Programs
that open db files:
XTreeGold (MS-DOS)

 

file type 9 description:
dBASE IV/dBFast configuration file
The db file extension is associated with dBase, a database management system (DBMS), developed by dataBased Intelligence, Inc.
Programs
that open db files:
dBASE (Microsoft Windows)
dBFast (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 10 description:
DIGIBooster module
DIGIBooster is music tracker for Amiga computers. File contains module/song created in DIGIBooster.
Programs
that open db files:
Amiga Forever (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 11 description:
Microsoft Windows thumbnail database file format
The db file extension is associated with Microsoft Windows operating system. File contains thumbnail database. Thumbnail database is used to store thumbnail images for faster view of images in directory, because thumbnails are smaller and can be loaded faster then original images.
Programs
that open db files:
FastStone Image Viewer (Microsoft Windows)
Google Picasa (multiplatform software)
Microsoft Picture It! (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Microsoft Windows)
XnView (multiplatform software)

 

file type 12 description:
Microsoft Works file
The DB file extension is associated with Microsoft Works, an office suite produced by Microsoft, which was offered as smaller, less expensive, and with fewer features than the Microsoft Office suite. Its core functionality includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database.
Programs
that open db files:
Microsoft Works (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 13 description:
Mozilla (Netscape) client certificate file
The DB file extension used by Netscape for saved client certificates.
Programs
that open db files:
Netscape Navigator (multiplatform software)

 

file type 14 description:
Netscape cache file
Netscape cache file. FAT.DB
Programs
that open db files:
Netscape Navigator (multiplatform software)

 

file type 15 description:
Netscape security module database
File SECMOD.DB contains security data module database.
Programs
that open db files:
Netscape Navigator (multiplatform software)

 

file type 16 description:
Novell GroupWise address book database file
File extension db is associated with Novell GroupWise. GroupWise is a cross-platform collaborative software product from Novell, Inc. offering e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging and document management. File contains address book database. File extension .db is very often used for database file formats.
Programs
that open db files:
Novell GroupWise (multiplatform software)

 

file type 17 description:
Oracle database file
The DB file extension is used for Oracle databases.
Programs
that open db files:
Oracle Database (multiplatform software)

 

 file type 18 description:
Progress database file
The DB file extension is reported to be used for databases by some applications developed by Progress.

 

file type 19 description:
Psion Series 3 database file
Psion PLC is a consumer hardware company which developed the Psion Organiser as well as a whole range of more advanced, clamshell-design Personal Digital Assistants. Psion today comprises one remaining operating division, the Canadian Psion Teklogix, having closed or disposed of all its previous operations. Although its actual operations are based in Canada, Psion itself is a British company.

 

file type 20 description:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. X-Ray engine database file
The DB file suffix is associated with computer games based on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. X-Ray engine. File contains database.
Programs
that open db files:
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 21 description:
SmartWare Office pac file
File extension used by SmartWare.
Programs
that open db files:
SmartWare II (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 22 description:
Solid database file
Database file created by IBM SolidDb.
Programs
that open db files:
SolidDb (multiplatform software)

 

file type 23 description:
Solid Database file format
The db file extension is associated with SolidDB product family by IBM.
Programs
that open db files:
SolidDb (multiplatform software)

 

 file type 24 description:
SQL Anywhere database
Database file used by SQL Anywhere.
Programs
that open db files:
SQL Anywhere (multiplatform software)

 

file type 25 description:
Synopsys Design Compiler data file
File extension used by Synopsys Design Compiler.
Programs
that open db files:
Design Compiler (Microsoft Windows)

 

 file type 26 description:
Various data files
Various data files used by Synopsys Design Compiler, dbVista, Smartware, XTreeGold.

 

file type 27 description:
Windows XP thumbnail database
Thumbs.db files are stored in each directory that contains pictures or movies on Microsoft Windows NT versions prior to Vista. The file is created locally among the images, however, preventing system wide use of the data and creating additional data load on removable devices.Windows XP Media Center Edition also creates ehthumbs.db which holds previews of video files. Each thumbnail created in a directory is represented in this database file as a small JPEG file, regardless of the file's original format. The images are resized to a maximum of 96×96 pixels, or a proportional miniature of their original shape for non-square images, with 96 pixels on the longer side. Each folder with initiated thumbnail views (that is where they have displayed a Thumbnails or Filmstrip view in Windows Explorer) will have a Thumbs.db file. Folders with pictures also display previews on their icon when displayed in Thumbnail mode – the first four images in the folder at 40×40 pixels (or proportionally shaped), with a 1-pixel divider overlaid on a standard large folder icon. The Thumbs.db file is stored in OLE Compound Document format, the same format that many Microsoft Office products use.
Programs
that open db files:
Microsoft Windows (Microsoft Windows)

Windows Shortcut file definition and 6 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension lnk is used by following file type(s):

Microsoft Windows (Microsoft Windows)

file type 1 description:
Default file extension for .lnk file type:
Windows Shortcut file
LNK file suffix is related to desktop program shortcuts in Windows OS. Every icon on desktop is a shortcut, represented by a .lnk file.

 

lnk file type 2 description:
602Pro PC Suite file
File extension used by 602Pro PC Suite.
Programs
that open lnk files:
602PC Suite (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 3 description:
Advanced Revelation database file
File extension for database files used by Revelation applications.
Programs
that open lnk files:
OpenInsight (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 4 description:
Linker response file
The LNK file extension is also sometimes used for files that contains programming language linkers (scripts).

 

file type 5 description:
Playlist file
File extension is used by some applications for playlist file.
Programs
that open lnk files:
KMPlayer (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 6 description:
XNBC V8 Biological Neural Network Simulation Workstation link configuration file
Simulation and visualisation tool. Configuration link file contains all parameters of network architecture (nucleus architecture, links and etc..).

Apple Safari partial download file definition and 3 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension download is used by following file type(s):

file type 1 description:
Default file extension for .download file type:
Apple Safari partial download file
Apple Safari download manager give .download extension to incomplete download file. When the download is finished, download manager renamed file with original file extension.
Programs
that open download files:
Safari (Apple OS X)
Safari for Microsoft Windows (Microsoft Windows)

 

file type 2 description:
Default file extension for .download file type:
Chrome partial download file
The DOWNLOAD file extension is associated with previous versions of Google Chrome web browser for its incomplete download file.

The latest version of Google Chrome is using the CRDOWNLOAD file extension instead.

Programs
that open download files:
Chromium (Microsoft Windows)
Chromium for Linux (Linux)
Chromium for Mac (Apple OS X)
Google Chrome (Microsoft Windows)
Google Chrome for Mac (Apple OS X)
Google Chrome for Mac (Apple OS X)

 

file type 3 description:
Default file extension for .download file type:
Mozilla partial download file
The DOWNLOAD file extension is associated with web browsers based on Mozilla Gecko web layout engine. Mozilla download manager gives .download extension to incomplete download files. When the download is finished, download manager renames the file to its original file extension. Probably used in older versions or of Firefox. Firefox 3 and later is using .PART file extension instead.
Programs
that open download files:
Firefox (Microsoft Windows)
Firefox for Linux (Linux)
Firefox for Mac (Apple OS X)
SeaMonkey (multiplatform software)

Microsoft Word 2007/2010 Open XML document file definition and linked programs information.

 

File Extension DOCX

It is used by following file type(s):

file type description:
Default for .docx file type:
Microsoft Word 2007/2010 Open XML document file
DOCX file extension is related documents created with latest Microsoft Word program, part of Microsoft Office.
Programs
that open docx files:
Ability Write (Microsoft Windows)
AbiWord (Microsoft Windows)
Ashampoo Office (Microsoft Windows)
Atlantis Word Processor (Microsoft Windows)
docXConverter (Microsoft Windows)
doPDF Free PDF Converter (Microsoft Windows)
eOffice (Blackberry)
Free PDF Converter (Microsoft Windows)
IBM Lotus Symphony (multiplatform software)
iWork Pages (Apple OS X)
KWord (Linux)
LibreOffice Writer (multiplatform software)
Microsoft Office (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Office for Mac (Apple OS X)
Microsoft Office Mobile (Windows Mobile)
Microsoft Word (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft Word for Mac (Apple OS X)
Microsoft Word Viewer (Microsoft Windows)
Microsoft WordPad (Microsoft Windows)
NeoOffice (Apple OS X)
Office Regenerator (Microsoft Windows)
OfficeSuite (Nokia Symbian)
OfficeSuite Professional (Google Android)
OfficeSuite Viewer (Google Android)
OpenOffice.org (multiplatform software)
OpenOffice.org Writer (multiplatform software)
Pages for iOS (iOS)
SkyDrive for iOS (iOS)
SkyDrive for Mac (Apple OS X)
SkyDrive for Windows (Microsoft Windows)
SkyDrive for Windows Phone
SoftMaker Office (Microsoft Windows)
SoftMaker Office for Windows Mobile (Windows Mobile)
TextMaker (Microsoft Windows)
TextMaker Viewer (Microsoft Windows)
USB Flash Drive for iOS (iOS)
Word Mobile (Windows Mobile)
Word Regenerator (Microsoft Windows)
ZAMZAR - Free Online File Conversion (multiplatform software)

 

Microsoft Office, as we always say, is the office suite official. Therefore, it has always set the standards by which the majorities of companies move, that is, if we use a word processor, the documents will be saved in DOCX format so that other workers and users can continue to open and edit the document easily. in almost anywhere.

However, the current format - which, as we have said, is .DOCX - has not been the one that has always been present in the suite. A few years ago, before the arrival of the Microsoft Office 2013 generation, the documents were normally stored in DOC, a format very similar to the current one (in fact, the latter is almost retrocompatible) but with certain fundamental differences that cause that, effectively , if we want to keep the format correctly, the document must be saved with its own format.

Taking this into account, has it ever occurred to you that, when uploading a document to a service of certain companies, it indicated that the format was not correct? Normally, the messages themselves indicate that it must be a format created with Microsoft Word and, precisely, the one that you just uploaded is also created in Word. What is the problem?

 

DOCX Compatibility

Well, basically what we just explained. If a system needs a DOC file, it will not accept DOCX, so if you use a more modern version of Microsoft Office, by saving the document by default you will not be able to upload it to the platform. The solution, yes, is really simple and, unfortunately, there are many users who do not know it yet.

Microsoft Word, like other Office applications such as PowerPoint or Excel, offers the possibility of saving a document with several different formats. Office, for example, helps us create a PDF file directly so that the format remains unchanged from the original file. How is it achieved? Simply we have to go to the File menu and, from there, to Save How ... Taking this into account, the process to save a DOC file is the same, although the only difference will be that when waiting for the document, we will have to choose the DOC format, which is baptized as "Word Document 97 - 2003".

In this way, the system to which we tried to upload the file will not throw us any problem. Undoubtedly, this is a very important problem but, at the same time, it also has a very simple solution.

Apple Mac OS X disk image file definition and 2 other file types and linked programs information.

 

File extension dmg is used by following file type(s):

file type 1 description:
Apple Mac OS X disk image file - common and mostly used .dmg file type
DMG is a mountable disk image file created in Mac OS X; opening the image file will mount a virtual disk on the Desktop; commonly used for software installers downloaded from the Internet.

The DMG format replaces the .IMG file format used in Mac OS Classic and is not compatible with Mac OS 9 and earlier; DMG disk images can be opened on Macintosh computers using Apple Disk Utility, which is bundled with Mac OS X.

Mime: application/x-apple-diskimage

Related programs
that open dmg files:
Mac OS X, Daemon Tools, FreeDMG, ISOBuster, gBurner, PeaZip

 

 file type 2 description:
Oracle binary format dump file
This file type is used by the ORACLE Export utility and Import utility.
Related programs
that open dmg files:
Oracle Database 11g

 

On Mac the DMG format is used. The files in this format are containing folders where you can find the programs that we want to install in our team, quickly and easily. Unless you're looking for specific applications that are not available in the Mac App Store, it's unlikely you'll end up with such a file.

 

What is a DMG file and what is it used for?

The DMG files is the equivalent of the files in ISO format in Windows, because when you open them, a new unit is created, the unit that you have to access in order to install the corresponding file on your computer or simply move it to the applications folder . This type of file usually contains, in addition to the file that allows us to enjoy the program, a text document with a brief description or with instructions on its operation or compatibility.

 

How to open DMG files

DMG files are the equivalent of ISO in Windows. The files in ISO format, not only allows us to access their interior and copy them to a CD or DVD as it is, but also allow us to install or copy their content. With the files in DMG format three quarters of the same happens, since the file itself can be an installer that we unzip and point, or it can be a disk image that contains different files that have to be copied as is another file or on an external drive.

Install DMG files

Although at first it may seem that we are going to need a complicated process to open a file in DMG format, nothing is further from reality, since we only have to click twice on it to create a new unit where we will find all the content that is inside. Then just that we have to access the unit in question and execute the file so that it is installed or executed.

It is necessary to take into account the type of file that is, since in some occasions, an actual installation is not performed on our Mac, but the application only runs, so if we subsequently delete the .DMG file we will lose access to the application. In these cases, if it is an executable application, we must drag the file to the applications.

Restore content in a unit
If, on the contrary, it is an image that contains a copy of a unit, it will not help us to access the inside of the file to consult it if we are not going to be able to access the data or make use of the application. In these cases, we must use Disk Utility, with which we can select both the file in DMG format that we want to restore and the unit where we want to do it quickly and very easily.

 

What application do I need to open a file in DMG format?

Open DMG file

As in Windows no third-party application is required to work with files in ISO format, Mac does not need any application to work with files in DMB format, although on the Internet we can find various applications that allow us to do are not really necessary , unless we are forced to open this type of files on other platforms such as Windows or Linux, where the PeaZip application is one of the most recommended, a completely free application.

 

What to do if you do not open a DMG file

Since the launch of macOS Sierra, Apple has eliminated the possibility of natively installing third-party applications that have not been created by developers previously identified by Apple. If the DMG file containing the application that we want to install, shows us an error message, stating that the file may be corrupt, we must activate the possibility of activating third-party applications by entering the following line in Terminal.

sudo spctl -master-disable

eye! in front of master are two dashes (- -) Next we must restart the Finder with the following command: Killall Finder

Once we have entered that command, we return to the section Security and privacy located within System preferences and Allow applications downloaded from: select Any site.

 

How to convert a DMG file to EXE

A DMG file, as I mentioned above, is a folder containing several applications, which create a unit when we open them, so it is not an executable file on Mac, therefore, we can not convert a DMG file to EXE Trying to convert a DMG file to an executable file is like converting a folder with pictures (for example) into an executable file.

 

How to read DMG files in Windows

If we want to access the content stored in a DMG file on a PC, in Windows we have several applications at our disposal that allow us to unzip the file to access its content. Another issue is that we can do something with the content of it. The best applications that we can find currently in the market for this work are PeaZip, 7-Zip and DMG Extractor.

Pea7Zip open DMG files in Windows

One of the best free tools to work with compressed files is PeaZip, a tool compatible with all the most used formats on the market, in addition to DMG, ISO, TAR, ARC, LHA, UDF ... The user interface is very intuitive and does not we will have no problem in making us quickly with this application to decompress from our Windows PC any file in DMG format.

 

DMG Extractor

DMG Extractor, as its name indicates, is an excellent application to extract the contents of files in DMG format quickly and easily. This tool is not free but for specific occasions, we can download the trial version through the following link, a version that allows us to decompress files in DMG format whose size does not exceed 4 GB.

 

7-Zip open DMG files in Windows

7-Zip is an excellent tool to compress and decompress any type of file on our Windows PC, a tool that is also completely free and compatible with macOS DMG files. Once we have installed the application, we just have to place it on top of the file, press the right button and select open with 7-zip to start extracting the content.

 

How to read DMG files in Linux

But if we want to open files in DMG format in Linux, we can use PeaZip again, the same application that we can use to decompress this type of files in Windows, an application compatible with more than 180 formats and that is also completely free.