What is a .GSD File And How To Open It – PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (Guide)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .gsd extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .gsd file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .GSD file?

The .GSD file extension stands for General Station Description File. The creator of this file extension is PROFIBUS & PROFINET International. This file belongs to the xml format and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .gsd file on 1 platform.

How to open a .GSD file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .GSD file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .gsd file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Notepad++ software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft Notepad and Notepad++.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .GSD 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 Notepad++ software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .GSD file?

If you cannot open the .GSD file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .GSD file.gsd – Graphtec. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .GSD file with the Notepad++, Microsoft Notepad programs on Windows.