How to open DVI file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

DVI files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing DVI file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with DVI extension. However, it should be remembered that DVI file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is TeX Text Document (TeX Device Independent File Format) but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning DVI files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with DVI extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • TeX Text Document (TeX Device Independent File Format)

    .dvi file extension

    Category: Document Files

    OS Software
    Windows LaTeX Editor LaTeX Editor
    MiKTeX MiKTeX
    BaKoMa TeX BaKoMa TeX
    dvii dvii
    DVI-compatible printer driver DVI-compatible printer driver
    MAC OS Skim Skim
    LyX/Mac LyX/Mac
    dvii dvii
    DVI-compatible printer driver DVI-compatible printer driver
    Linux KDVI KDVI
    Evince Evince
    xdvik xdvik
    dvii dvii
    xdvipdfmx xdvipdfmx
    KDE Okular KDE Okular

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from DVI files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning DVI extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning DVI extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the DVI file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports DVI file extension
  • DVI file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with DVI files


If DVI file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a DVI file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open DVI file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing DVI in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit DVI format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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