What is a .SWP File And How To Open It – Bill Joy

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .swp 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. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .swp file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .SWP file?

The .SWP file extension is from Vi Swap File. The creator of this file extension is Bill Joy. The file has the binary format, and it is a miscellaneous file.

What to know

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

How to open a .SWP file?

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

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

The .swp file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the gVim software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use gVim software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SWP 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the gVim software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SWP file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Vim software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is MacVim and Vim.

Step 2

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

How to open a .SWP file on Linux

To open the .swp file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SWP file

2. The second step is locating 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: 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 Vim software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .SWP file?

If you are still unable to open the .SWP file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .SWP file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .swt – Adobe Systems, .swv – Microsoft, .sww – Ubisoft Entertainment, .swz – Adobe Systems, .sx – Dipl.-Phys.-Ing. Ralf Wirtz. 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 .SWP file with the gVim program on Windows, Vim, MacVim programs on Mac and Vim software on Linux.