What is a .XNB File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Guide)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .xnb extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .xnb file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .XNB file?

The .XNB file extension comes from XNA Game Studio Binary Package. The developer of this file extension is Microsoft. The file has the binary format, and it is a game related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .xnb file on 1 platform.

How to open a .XNB file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the The GameTools Suite software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express, The GameTools Suite and Re-Logic Terraria.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XNB 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: 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 The GameTools Suite software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .XNB file?

If you cannot open the .XNB file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .XNB file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xnc – Ucamco, KiCad, and Pentalogix, .xnk – Exchange Shortcut, .xnt – Quark Software, .xof – RenderMorphics, .xoj – Denis Auroux. 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 .XNB file with the The GameTools Suite, Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express, Re-Logic Terraria programs on Windows.