Open SO file

The most common choise: Shared library in ELF format

How to open Shared library in ELF format .so files

so file icon Have you had trouble opening the so file on your computer? What are so files? We explain what they are and recommend software that we know will open them.

What is so file?

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

Shared library in ELF format description

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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What file extension actually is?

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

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