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SO files: what are they and how do I open them?

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Shared library in ELF format

so files can be commonly found on Unix platform and represents executables or shared libraries/objects stored in specific, Executable and Linkable Format.

Further details:

SO file is a compiled library file used by programs in Unix-based operating systems. It stands for "Shared Object" and is equivalent to a .dll file in Windows.

ELF (Executable and Linkable Format) is a common standard file format for executables, object code, shared libraries, and core dumps. So, an ELF shared library (.so file) is a library that can be used by multiple programs at the same time. It is loaded into memory by the dynamic linker ( and can be shared between multiple running programs to save memory.

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