File Extension BAT

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    Batch File (executable)
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Have you encountered a problem with a BAT file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a BAT file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your BAT file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


A BAT file is a batch file called a batch file. Probably the best-known BAT file may well be the autoexec.Bat, which has been used since MS-DOS to Windows 98. Batch files are mainly used for repetitive tasks.

Although a BAT file behaves like an exe (double-clicking it starts), it's actually just a text file with a different extension. This contains command scripts that are processed by the command line interpreter. If you double-click a BAT file, the window for opening an MS-DOS window appears, where text files can be edited while processing the BAT file. This is the command line interpreter.

Even if the possibilities of a batch script are limited, many everyday tasks can be performed with BAT files, above all file operations and network tasks, but also shutting down the computer or re-registering a user are possible.

Note that you should never run BAT files from an unknown source. On the one hand they can contain viruses or malicious code and on the other hand batch scripts can also delete files or format the hard disk. A look with a text editor in such a file is definitely useful. Especially when such commands as format, ren or del are in it is advised to be careful.

Programs which can open a BAT file

How to open a BAT file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the BAT file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a BAT file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support BAT files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a BAT file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all BAT files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with BAT there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the BAT file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the BAT file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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