Open CGI files

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    Common Gateway Interface Script Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a CGI file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a CGI file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your CGI file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is CGI file?

The CGI extension identifies executable scripts used on web servers for dynamic output.

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The standard interface CGI (Common Gateway Interface) uses scripts, usually in Perl or C, which can be precompiled to execute programs on a web server. These provide additional functions on a website, such as a form or guestbook. Dynamic advertising can also be realized in this way.

These files can only be edited if they are not compiled. But then with every text editor. Preferably, however, with a special source code editor.

Programs which can open a CGI file

How to open file with CGI extension?

In order to open a file with CGI extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening CGI file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with CGI files, follow the instructions below.
Install BBEdit or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening CGI files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support CGI files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of CGI files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set BBEdit as the default program for opening CGI files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate CGI files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the BBEdit applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where BBEdit has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with CGI files

Sometimes problems with opening CGI files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • CGI files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open CGI files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • CGI file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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