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

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .fa extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .fa file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .FA file?

The .FA file extension is FASTA Formatted Sequence File. The file is a data related file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .fa file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .FA file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the GSL Biotech SnapGene and Genome Compiler software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .FA 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 GSL Biotech SnapGene software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .FA file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .fa file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Genome Compiler software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use GSL Biotech SnapGene, 4Peaks and Genome Compiler software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .FA file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Genome Compiler software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .FA file?

If you cannot open the .FA file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .FA file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .fac – FACE Image File, .face – FACE Graphic File, .facefx – OC3 Entertainment, .facefx_ingame – OC3 Entertainment, .faces – Oracle. 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 .FA file with the GSL Biotech SnapGene, Genome Compiler programs on Windows and Genome Compiler, GSL Biotech SnapGene, 4Peaks programs on Mac.