What is a .MAKEFILE File And How To Open It (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .makefile 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 you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .makefile file extension and how to open it.

What is a .MAKEFILE file?

The .MAKEFILE file extension is Makefile. The format of this development related file is text.

What to know

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

How to open a .MAKEFILE file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Visual Studio Code software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Sublime Text, GitHub Atom and Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MAKEFILE 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Visual Studio Code 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 .MAKEFILE file on Mac

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

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Visual Studio Code software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Sublime Text, GitHub Atom and Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MAKEFILE 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft Visual Studio Code software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .MAKEFILE file on Linux

The .makefile file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Visual Studio Code software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Sublime Text, GitHub Atom and Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MAKEFILE 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Visual Studio Code software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .MAKEFILE file?

If you cannot open the .MAKEFILE file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .MAKEFILE file.makerbot – MakerBot Industries, .mako – Mako, .mal – MadAppLauncher, .mam – Microsoft, .man – Unix Manual. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .MAKEFILE file with the Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, GitHub Atom programs on Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, GitHub Atom programs on Mac and Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, GitHub Atom software on Linux.