What is a .PROFILE File And How To Open It – The GNU Project

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .profile extension. 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 .profile file extension and how to open it.

What is a .PROFILE file?

The .PROFILE file extension is from Bash Shell Profile. This file extension was developed by The GNU Project. The format of this file is text, and it is a system related files.

What to know

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

How to open a .PROFILE file?

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

How to open a .PROFILE file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Terminal and MacroMates TextMate software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PROFILE 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

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

Still cannot open the .PROFILE file?

If you are still unable to open the .PROFILE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PROFILE file.profile – Citrix, .profile – Pandemic Studios, .profile – Godot. 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 .PROFILE file with the Apple Terminal, MacroMates TextMate programs on Mac.