What is a .CEL File And How To Open It – Affymetrix

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .cel extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .cel file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .CEL file?

The .CEL file extension is from Affymetrix Probe Results File. It was developed by Affymetrix. The format of this file is text and binary, and it is a data related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .cel file on 1 platform.

How to open a .CEL file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .CEL file on various operating systems.

How to open a .CEL file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .cel file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the The MathWorks MATLAB software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CEL file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the The MathWorks MATLAB software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .CEL file?

If you are still unable to open the .CEL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .CEL file.cel – Celestia Development Team, .cel – Adobe Systems, .cel – Bentley Systems, .cel – Battery 3. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .CEL file with the The MathWorks MATLAB program on Windows.