What is a .YAML File And How To Open It

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .yaml extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .yaml file extension and how to open it.

What is a .YAML file?

The file extension .YAML is YAML Document. This development related file is in text format.

What to know

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

How to open a .YAML file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .YAML file on various operating systems.

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

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .yaml file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the gVim software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Notepad++ and gVim.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .YAML 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. 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”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .YAML file on Mac

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .YAML 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 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 GitHub Atom software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .YAML file?

If you cannot open the .YAML file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .YAML file.yaodl – Silicon Graphics, .ybd – EZC Group, .ybk – YanCEyWare, .ybk – Microsoft, .ycm – Super Simple Games. 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 .YAML file with the gVim, Notepad++ programs on Windows and GitHub Atom, MacroMates TextMate programs on Mac.