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Details of extension .spec

On this page, we're going to take a closer look at the .spec file extension, which is related to RPM Package Specification.

We'll explain what exactly a .spec file format is and how you can use it. If you're interested in learning more details about this type of file, we'll show you where to find them. And if you ever need to convert .spec files into different formats, we'll give you some tips on how to do that too.

Let's see the file format associated with this file extension!


  1. RPM Package Specification

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RPM Package Specification

spec file - RPM Package Specification
The SPEC file belongs to the Development category and works with RPM, being used as a RPM Package Specification. Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) is a package management system. RPM was intended primarily for Linux distributions. The developer is still actively supporting the RPM, likely. According to our data, RPM uses one more file types.
Application: RPM
Program name: -
Category: Development files
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Related extensions:
.rpm RPM Package
.rpmsave RPM Package Manager Package Backup

The .spec file extension might not only belong to a single type of file, there could be various kinds that use it. Keep in mind that files with the .spec extension may contain various content types. If you have helpful information about this extension, write to us!

Could someone have spelled the .spec file extension wrong?

In our database, we came across the following similar extensions:

.spef Standard Parasitic Exchange Format
.sec Pro/ENGINEER Sketch Data
.spdc SAS SPD Data Set
.pec Brother Home Embroidery File
.spex SPEX Data
.spc SVAL Spectrogram Data

The .spec extension is frequently misused

People sometimes confuse the .spec filename extension. Based on the searches on our site, here are the most common misspellings from the past year.

spef (1), sec (1), spdc (1), pec (1), spex (1), spc (1), spe (1)

Having trouble opening a .spec file?

If you want to open a .spec file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. Incorrect settings for the .spec association can trigger this error.

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.spec

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 with 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 2016/2019/2022, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux, Mac OS X, macOS, iOS, Android