How to open MIME file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

MIME files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing MIME file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with MIME extension. However, it should be remembered that MIME file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) File Format Format (RFC822) but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

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

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

  • Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) File Format Format (RFC822)

    .mime file extension

    Category: Encoded&Encrypted Files

    OS Software
    Windows Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010 Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
    Corel WinZip 15 Pro Corel WinZip 15 Pro
    Microsoft Outlook 2010 Microsoft Outlook 2010
    Microsoft Outlook Express Microsoft Outlook Express
    Mozilla Thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird
    MAC OS Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011 Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2011
    Microsoft Outlook 2011 Microsoft Outlook 2011
    Apple Mail Apple Mail
    Mozilla Thunderbird Mozilla Thunderbird
    Microsoft Entourage 2008 Microsoft Entourage 2008
    Linux KMail KMail

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

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

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


If MIME 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 MIME 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 MIME 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 MIME 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 MIME 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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