What is a .RLE File And How To Open It – Golly (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

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

What is a .RLE file?

The .RLE file extension stands for Golly Simulation Pattern File. This file extension belongs to the developer Golly. This game related file is in text format.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .rle file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .RLE file?

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

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

To open the .rle file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Golly software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Golly.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .RLE 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Golly software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .RLE file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Golly software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Golly.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .RLE 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 Golly software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .RLE file?

If you are still unable to open the .RLE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .RLE file.rle.gz – Golly, .rlf – ESRI, .rli – RealWorld Graphics, .rll – Microsoft, .rls – Nokia. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .RLE file with the Golly program on Windows and Golly program on Mac.