What is a .MANIFEST File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Visual Guide)

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Have you downloaded a file with .manifest 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. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .manifest file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .MANIFEST file?

The .MANIFEST file extension is Windows Application Manifest File. The creator of this file extension is Microsoft. This system related files is in xml format.

What to know

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

How to open a .MANIFEST file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Notepad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MANIFEST 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 Microsoft Notepad software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .MANIFEST file?

If you are still unable to open the .MANIFEST file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .MANIFEST file.manifest – Valve. 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 .MANIFEST file with the Microsoft Notepad program on Windows.