What is a .CFG File And How To Open It (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .cfg extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. In this article we will explain what .cfg file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .CFG file?

The file extension .CFG comes from Configuration File. This file belongs to the text format and it is a settings related file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .cfg file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .CFG file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Notepad and Microsoft WordPad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CFG 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft Notepad software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .CFG file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .cfg file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the MacVim software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Apple TextEdit, MacroMates TextMate and MacVim software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .CFG 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: Clicking “Open with”

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

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

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

Still cannot open the .CFG file?

If you cannot open the .CFG file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .CFG file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .cfg – Celestia Development Team, .cfg – Cal3D, .cfg – The MAME Team, .cfg – NewTek, .cfg – The Battle for Wesnoth, .cfg – Citrix Systems, .cfg – Elecbyte. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .CFG file with the Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad programs on Windows and MacVim, Apple TextEdit, MacroMates TextMate programs on Mac.