What is a .PROPERTIES File And How To Open It – Sun Microsystems (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

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

What is a .PROPERTIES file?

The .PROPERTIES file extension is from Java Properties File. It was developed by Sun Microsystems. The format of this file is text, and it is a settings related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .properties file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .PROPERTIES file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the gVim software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, Microsoft Notepad and gVim software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PROPERTIES file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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 gVim software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PROPERTIES file on Mac

The .properties file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the MacVim software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, MacroMates TextMate and MacVim software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PROPERTIES file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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

How to open a .PROPERTIES file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the GNU Emacs software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, Vim and GNU Emacs software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .PROPERTIES file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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 GNU Emacs software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .PROPERTIES file?

If you cannot open the .PROPERTIES file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PROPERTIES file.properties – Mojang Specifications. 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 .PROPERTIES file with the gVim, Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, Microsoft Notepad programs on Windows, MacVim, Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, MacroMates TextMate programs on Mac and GNU Emacs, Eclipse IDE for Java Developers, Vim software on Linux.