Open ani file

ani file icon Did your computer fail to open ani file? We explain what ani files are and recommend software that we know can open your ani files.

What is ani file?

Files with ani extension are used for file format that contains Windows animated cursors which are used in many programs for icons.

ani file description

File extension ani is traditionally and mostly used for animated mouse cursors in Windows operating system environment.

The ani file is a structured format (Microsoft RIFF) that contains information about the animation (author & title, steps, length & order of each step...) followed by several frames stored in the icon format.

Each frame/step in an animated cursor is displayed during a short time (delay or length): this is the frame timing. This time is measured in jiffies; 1 jiffy=1/60th of a second~16,66ms.

If your ani files are correctly associated, you can preview them using Windows Explorer: just hit an animated cursor file and select the File Properties shell menu command. Windows will then display the animated cursor on the Properties tab.

Software that will open ani file

Microsoft Windows

A series of operating systems developed by Microsoft


A mouse cursor authoring tool for Windows

Other ani file extensions

ani - Generic animation

An .ani file extension is related to Generic animation file format.

ani - NeroMix data

An ani file extension is related to the NeroMix and used for its data files.

ani - Painkiller Overdose game data

An ani file extension is related to the computer game Painkiller Overdose. An ani file contains various game data.

ani - Transport Fever game animation parameters

Files with ani file extension are associated with the Transport Fever game animation parameters.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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