What is a .INI File And How To Open It


Have you downloaded a file with .ini extension, but you are not sure what it is? 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 .ini file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .INI file?

The .INI file extension is Windows Initialization File. This settings related file is in text format.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .ini file on 1 platform.

How to open a .INI file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .INI file on your operating system/device.

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

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

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

Step 2

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

Still cannot open the .INI file?

If you cannot open the .INI file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .INI file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .ini – MakeMusic. 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 .INI file with the Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad programs on Windows.