What is a .STRINGS File And How To Open It – Apple (Guide)

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

What is a .STRINGS file?

The .STRINGS file extension comes from Text Strings File. The development of this file was done by Apple. The format of this file is text, and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .strings file on 1 platform.

How to open a .STRINGS file?

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

How to open a .STRINGS file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .strings file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Xcode software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Apple Xcode, MacroMates TextMate and Apple TextEdit software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .STRINGS 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Apple Xcode software that 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 .STRINGS file?

If you cannot open the .STRINGS file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .STRINGS file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .strm – Stream Location File, .sts – DuoS DSEMU, .sts – Central Innovation, .stsg – SuperTux, .stskin – Valve. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .STRINGS file with the Apple Xcode, MacroMates TextMate, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac.