File Extension Library

.INI File Extension

  • Category: Settings Files
  • Format: Text

What are .INI files and how to open them?

Can't open .INI 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 .INI file.

What is a .INI file extension?

.INI file extension has been classified as Settings Files. The format of .INI file is Text

.INI is Windows Initialization File

An INI file is a configuration file used by Windows programs to initialize program settings. It contains sections for settings and preferences (delimited by a string in square brackets) with each section containing one or more name and value parameters.

INI files can be edited with a plain text editor, but typically should not be edited or altered by regular users. INI files were partially replaced by the registry database in Windows 95. More recently, they have also been replaced by XML files.

Common INI Filenames

desktop.ini - A hidden file located in Windows folders that saves viewing options for that specific folder. This file can specify an image that is used for the folder icon as well as appearance options for files within the folder. It can be ignored, but if you delete the desktop.ini file, Windows may generate a new one. Mac OS X .DS_STORE files serve a similar purpose.

List of all softwares that can open the Windows Initialization File
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Notepad
Microsoft WordPad
Parallels Desktop for Mac with Windows installed
File Type 2 Symbian OS Configuration File
Category: Settings Files

Configuration file that stores settings and user preferences for the Symbian operating system and installed applications; similar to INI files used by Windows and typically should not be opened manually.

NOTE: Symbian INI files can be edited with a text editor to modify specific settings. However, altering the INI file may cause the operating system or other programs to not function correctly. Therefore, be sure to backup the file and only edit the file if you know exactly what to add or change.

File Type 3 Gravis UltraSound Bank Setup File
Category: Settings Files

Contains settings for a Gravis UltraSound sound bank (.FFF file) as well as patch files used by Gravis sound cards.

List of all softwares that can open the Gravis UltraSound Bank Setup File
FMJ-Software Awave Studio
File Type 4 Finale Preferences File
Developer by: MakeMusic Category: Data Files Format: Text

File created by Finale, a music notation program; contains Finale program settings to customize the work environment; settings include dialog boxes, menu settings, and font styles; preset in Finale but can be edited either through settings dialog windows or manually.

INI files are divided into 9 sections:
[Chromatic Spelling Tables]
[Speedy Keys]

List of all softwares that can open the Finale Preferences File
MakeMusic Finale
MakeMusic Finale

How to fix problems with .INI files

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