The File Extensions Database

.BARS File Extension

  • Developer by: Nintendo
  • Category: Game Files

What is an .BARS file?

.BARS is Binary Sound Archive File

A BARS file is a sound archive saved in the Binary Sound Archive format, which is used by various Nintendo Wii U and Switch games. It may store BFSTP or BFWAV sound files that are used for sound effects and voices in the game.

BARS files are developed by Nintendo and delivered with games to package multiple sounds into one archive. Games that use BARS archives include Splatoon and Super Mario Maker.

Since BARS files are packaged with games, you most likely will only encounter the files if you have a dump from the original game. You can extract BARS files using QuickBMS.

Programs that open Binary Sound Archive File

How to solve problems with BARS files

  • Associate the BARS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BARS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BARS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BARS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .BARS is Binary Sound Archive File. Because only the current version supports the latest BARS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Nintendo manufacturer website after an available .BARS is Binary Sound Archive File update.
  • To make sure that your BARS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.