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Details of extension .bak

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .bak file?
  • Which program can create the .bak file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .bak format?
  • What can convert .bak files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .bak extension?
Backup Copy File .bak file icon

Backup Copy File

BAK file is a Backup Copy file. The .BAK is a filename extension commonly used to signify a backup copy of a file.
Detailed description not available
Category: Other files
Application: -
Program name: -
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
backup, bk, old, ori, orig, ren
Related extensions:
Windows Backup Catalog
HP OpenVMS Backup File
Windows Backup Verify File
HP OpenVMS Help Library
HP OpenVMS Macro Library
HP OpenVMS Text Library
HP OpenVMS ACL Editor Journal Data
HP OpenVMS List Data

Other types of files may also use the .bak file extension. If you have helpful information about .bak extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

CorelDraw AutoBackup
Bioware Aurora HAK Data
Infinity Engine Animation
Kodak EasyShare Addressbook Data
BSC Intermediate Object
SpliceV BAM Data
Commodore Amiga AMOS Bitmap
Backup Copy File AutoText Data

The .bak filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

abk (1), nak (1), fak (1), bau (1), bal (1), ak (1), hak (1), bka (1), bam (1), ba (1)

Can't open a .bak file?

If you want to open a .bak file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .bak association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.bak

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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