Getting know the file extensions

There are a lot of file extensions in operating systems as well as on the internet itself. Different file extension or usually referred as file types are used by different applications or as part of the program itself.

In operating system particularly Windows, we have extensions like *.exe, *.com, *.inf, *.bat and others while others that used on the internet are like *.html, *.php, *.swf and much more. I won’t go into details file extensions on Linux and Unix where it varies to the operating system distribution themselves. Anyway, let’s look at some file types that are on your computer but you might don’t have any clue on them.

File Extension PPS

PPS or Power Point Slideshow usually used for Power Point Presentation slides. Usually this is what people send as attachment through emails. Even if you don’t have Microsoft Office Power Point, you can still view the presentation file but without the program itself, you can’t edit the presentation file. You can use Open Office or Star Office as an alternative for Microsoft Office to edit the presentation file.

File Extension TMP

TMP files are usually stands for temporary file. Sometimes it exists not only as a file but also as a folder. Generally, this type of file is used as a temporary storage for an application and it’s safe to delete. In worst case scenario, some programmer or application developer use this file to hide important information on the application itself, hoping that nobody will take interest in the file because it’s usually worthless.

File Extension BIN

BIN extension files can contain any type of data and encoded in binary form. BIN files can be a file used for computer storage and processing purposes. Usually CD or DVD images are distributed with .BIN extension with another .CUE file. The images can be burned with CD/DVD burning program like Nero Burning Rom or can be mounted directly to the computer using virtual CD/DVD software such as WIN ISO program. In Linux, it’s a self extracting binary files and used to install programs on Linux.

File Extension TORRENT

This is one of the favorite file extension for downloading various files of the internet. Files such as movies, music videos, mp3s, application as well many others. Usually the torrent file needs to be opened with a Bittorrent application such as Utorrent and Azureus. Beware, the torrent technology is not illegal because it’s just a file sharing technology but depending on some countries, the file that you’re downloading might be illegal.

There you have it. Four of file types that you might come across but never have any knowledge of it. Just let me know if you need any information on the file types that you’re not sure of.