How to open INI file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

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

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

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

  • Text Configuration Format

    .ini file extension

    Category: Configuration Files

    OS Software
    Windows Microsoft Windows 7 Microsoft Windows 7
    Microsoft Notepad Microsoft Notepad
    Microsoft WordPad Microsoft WordPad
    MAC OS Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac with Windows installed Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac with Windows installed
  • Gravis UltraSound Bank Setup Format

    .ini file extension

    Category: Configuration Files

    OS Software
    Windows Gravis GIPC (Gravis to InterWave Patch Converter) Gravis GIPC (Gravis to InterWave Patch Converter)
    FMJ-Software Awave Studio FMJ-Software Awave Studio
  • Symbian OS Configuration Format

    .ini file extension

    Category: Configuration Files

    OS Software
    Windows Editable with a text editor Editable with a text editor
    MAC OS Editable with a text editor Editable with a text editor

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

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from INI 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 INI extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning INI 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 INI 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 INI file extension
  • INI 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 INI files


If INI 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 INI 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 INI 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 INI 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 INI 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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