What is a .GEN File And How To Open It – ESRI (Simple Steps)

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Have you downloaded a file with .gen extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .gen file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .GEN file?

The .GEN file extension stands for ArcView ARC/INFO UnGenerate file. The development of this file was done by ESRI. The file is a data related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .GEN file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .GEN file on various operating systems.

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

The .gen file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Safe Software FME Desktop software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Safe Software FME Desktop.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .GEN file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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 Safe Software FME Desktop software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .GEN file?

If you are still unable to open the .GEN file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .GEN file.gen – Sega Genesis ROM. 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 .GEN file with the Safe Software FME Desktop program on Windows.