Open DAT files

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Have you encountered a problem with a DAT 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 DAT file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your DAT file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is DAT file?

The extension DAT is generally used for datafiles, ie data files. DAT files are nonspecific and can not be assigned to any data type. They can contain anything, graphics, audio, texts or simply data of the generating program.

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Dat files are used and generated by quite a few programs and can normally only be used by these programs. You can use a text editor or rather a hex editor to easily view (look in) the file. However, these data views are usually useful only if there is a lot of prior knowledge on the part of the user.

Data files are for example used by Microsoft Visual Studio, Winamp, Windows and Firefox as well as many games.

Programs which can open a DAT file

How to open file with DAT extension?

In order to open a file with DAT extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening DAT 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 DAT files, follow the instructions below.
Install Original program or other program from the list

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

Set Original program as the default program for opening DAT 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 DAT 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 Original program applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Original program has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with DAT files

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

  • File data is corrupted
  • DAT 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 DAT files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • DAT 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)

Possible conversions of DAT file

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