The File Extensions Database

.BRL File Extension

  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Text

What is an .BRL file?

.BRL is MicroBraille File

File saved in the MicroBraille (BRL) format; encodes contracted braille characters (Grade 2 Braille) in braille ASCII, which uses 64 characters from the ASCII character set to represent dot combinations in six-dot braille; can be read by software that supports braille to speech functionality or braille embossers used for printing.

Similar to the more common .BRF file extension. BRL and BRF files are commonly used for making digital publications available to those who are blind.

To create a BRL file in CASC Braille 2000, select New → Braille File, name the file, select "MicroBraille File (brl)" from the file type drop down menu, and click OK.

To open a BRL file in CASC Braille 2000, select Open → Braille File, navigate to the file, and click Open.

NOTE: Duxbury MegaDots has been discontinued.

Programs that open MicroBraille File
CASC Braille 2000
Duxbury Braille Translator
Duxbury MegaDots

How to solve problems with BRL files

  • Associate the BRL file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BRL file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BRL files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BRL 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 .BRL is MicroBraille File. Because only the current version supports the latest BRL file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .BRL is MicroBraille File update.
  • To make sure that your BRL file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.