File Extension Library

.MAN File Extension

  • Category: Text Files
  • Format: Text

What are .MAN files and how to open them?

Can't open .MAN 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 .MAN file.

What is a .MAN file extension?

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

.MAN is Unix Manual

Help manual (called a "man page") used by the Unix Man utility, a program used to view documentation; contains information about a Unix command or other Unix function; can be viewed within a unix shell using the man command.

Unix man pages rarely use the ".man" extension. Rather, they use the extensions ".1" (.1 files) through ".8" for user manuals in one of eight sections:

  • General user commands
  • System calls
  • C library functions
  • Devices and network interfaces
  • File formats
  • Games
  • Miscellaneous
  • Linux-specific kernel routines
  • Man page filenames contain the command (or topic name) followed by the section number. For example, a section 1 man page for the command "example_cmd" would have the filename "example_cmd.1." Man pages are sometimes compressed with .GZ compression and use the compound ".gz.1" extension (or ".gz.2" for the second section, and so forth).

    Man pages can be viewed by typing man [section] [page], where [section] is the man page section, and [page] is the user manual name. If no section is supplied, the man utility assumes section 1.

    NOTE: Since man pages are stored in a plain text format, they can be created and edited with any text editor.

    List of all softwares that can open the Unix Manual
    Microsoft Notepad
    Microsoft WordPad
    Apple TextEdit
    GNU Emacs

    How to fix problems with .MAN files

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