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

What is text file?

Files with text file extension are commonly used for various text files that can be read with any text editor.

text file description

The text file extension is sometimes used for various plain text files in macOS / OS X and Windows environment, much like the more common txt file extension.

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Software that will open text file

NotePad++ text editor

A free source code and text editor for Windows


The default text editor in Mac OS X


The official text editor of the GNOME desktop environment

Sublime Text

A sophisticated source code editor for programmers

Other text file extensions

text - ArchiCAD for MAC Geometric Description Language object

A gdl file extension is related to the ArchiCAD, a CAD solution and used for its Geometric Description Language.

text - Markdown markup language file

Files with text extension is used by Markdown markup language. 

text - yBook text

A text file extension is associated with the yBook and used for its text files.

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.

We can help you to open your file

Our database contains a huge list of different file extensions, usually with detailed description and programs that can be used to open or otherwise work with that particular file type.

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Every software listed in our database is verified and ve provide link to the developer or to the software own website, which should hopefuly be enough for you to download the most recent version of the program.