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

AVI file extension

Audio Video Interleave File

Video Files

BAK file extension

Backup File

Backup Files

EPUB file extension

Open eBook File

eBook Files

GIF file extension

Graphical Interchange Format File

Raster Image Files

GPX file extension

GPS Exchange File

GIS Files

IFF file extension

Interchange File Format

Audio Files

KMZ file extension

Google Earth Placemark File

GIS Files

PKG file extension

Mac OS X Installer Package

Compressed Files

RAR file extension

WinRAR Compressed Archive

Compressed Files

SH file extension

Bash Shell Script

Developer Files

SLN file extension

Visual Studio Solution File

Developer Files

SRT file extension

SubRip Subtitle File

Video Files

TIF file extension

Tagged Image File

Raster Image Files

TTF file extension

TrueType Font

Font Files

7Z file extension

7-Zip Compressed File

Compressed Files