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What is a dat file and how do I open a dat file?

A file with the DAT file extension contains Data. It is used by VCD video files, some email program file attachments, and the game Minecraft. File conversion software may also be utilized to open a DAT file. .DAT files can be authored, opened and edited using the associated Microsoft Windows application or the Mac software which was used to create the DAT file. These DAT files are generic data files that can also be opened using any Microsoft Windows text editing application or any text editor developed for Mac platforms. DAT files can be encoded in plain text format, while some DAT files are coded with binary encoding specifications. Users of Microsoft Windows-based systems can use the Microsoft Notepad text editor to open and read a DAT file, while Mac users can use any Apple text editor to do this, though it is advisable to determine the specific software that was developed to create or open and view the content stored in a DAT file. For instance, some VCDs contain DAT files that can be opened and viewed using Microsoft Windows Media Player, and when you open these DAT files with Microsoft Notepad, binary codes are displayed and not the video content stored in the DAT file.

HOW TO OPEN A .DAT FILE?

Launch a .DAT file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your computer has the file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .DAT file will open it. It is also possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. Usually .DAT files can be opened with a text editor such as Microsoft NotePad. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .DAT files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .DAT file, you can instruct Windows on which application is the correct one for that file. Moving forward, opening a .DAT file will open the correct application.

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Detail dat file extension information:
File Type: dat
File Format: Data File
Primary Association: Data Files
Mime Type: application/octet-stream, audio/psid, audio/sidtune, audio/x-psid, audio/x-sidtune, video/dvd, video/mpeg, video/video cd, zz-application/zz-winassoc-dat