File Extension Library

.ILK File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Developer Files
  • Format: Binary

What are .ILK files and how to open them?

Can't open .ILK file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .ILK file.

What is a .ILK file extension?

.ILK file extension is created by Microsoft. .ILK has been classified as Developer Files. The format of .ILK file is Binary.

.ILK is Incremental Linking File

File used by Microsoft Visual Studio, an IDE used for developing Windows applications; contains linker data for a compiled executable file (e.g., .EXE or .DLL); enables faster project compilation and linking, especially for larger projects.

Incremental linking files store data in such a way that localized development changes only require updates to the affected parts of a compiled and linked executable. This allows developers to make source code changes and test the results more quickly without the software having to rebuild the entire executables again.

The use of ILK files may make executables slower in performance and larger in size. Therefore, developers should examine these performance metrics when building and deploying the final deliverables.

NOTE: Smaller development projects may not benefit from incremental linking. To turn off incremental linking in Visual Studio, go to the Linker options in the project properties window.

List of all softwares that can open the Incremental Linking File
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

How to fix problems with .ILK files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .ILK files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .ILK file format
  2. You need to check the .ILK file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)