What is a .STA File And How To Open It – The MAME Team (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .sta extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .sta file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .STA file?

The file extension .STA comes from MAME Saved State File. This file extension belongs to the developer The MAME Team. This game related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .sta file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .STA file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .STA file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the ExtraMAME software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use MAME and ExtraMAME software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .STA 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 ExtraMAME 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 .STA file on Mac

To open the .sta file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the MAME OS X software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MacMAME and MAME OS X.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .STA 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, 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 MAME OS X software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .STA file?

If you cannot open the .STA file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .STA file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .sta – ABAQUS, .sta – Adobe Systems. 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 .STA file with the ExtraMAME, MAME programs on Windows and MAME OS X, MacMAME programs on Mac.