File extensions – definition and basic information

File extensions are the integral parts of the files that are on each computer. Often, when working on a computer, we encounter a wide range of files, such as docx, ppt, part, mp3 or rmvb. We realize that they are there – but we often do not know what they are for on our computer.

File extension, also known as the filename extension is a suffix added to the name of a computer file, usually consisting of a number of characters placed after the last dot in the filename, which gives us information about its coding. In other words a file extension is a file format. It allows the operating system (e.g. Windows) to recognize what program it should try to open the file.

In the table below you will find a random selection of popular file extensions.

File extension The full name of the file Category

ASF file extension

Advanced Systems Format File

Video Files

ASPX file extension

Active Server Page Extended File

Web Files

CLASS file extension

Java Class File

Developer Files

CSV file extension

Comma Separated Values File

Data Files

CUE file extension

Cue Sheet File

Disk Image Files

HQX file extension

BinHex 4.0 Encoded File

Encoded Files

JPG file extension

JPEG Image

Raster Image Files

JSP file extension

Java Server Page

Web Files

KEYCHAIN file extension

Mac OS X Keychain File

Data Files

NES file extension

Nintendo (NES) ROM File

Game Files

PSPIMAGE file extension

PaintShop Pro Image

Raster Image Files

SH file extension

Bash Shell Script

Developer Files

VCD file extension

Virtual CD

Disk Image Files

WMA file extension

Windows Media Audio File

Audio Files

XLS file extension

Excel Spreadsheet

Spreadsheet Files