File Extension Library

.MANIFEST File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: System Files
  • Format: XML

What are .MANIFEST files and how to open them?

Can't open .MANIFEST 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 .MANIFEST file.

What is a .MANIFEST file extension?

.MANIFEST file extension is created by Microsoft. .MANIFEST has been classified as System Files. The format of .MANIFEST file is XML.

.MANIFEST is Windows Application Manifest File

A MANIFEST file is an XML document that describes the manifest, or package contents, of a Windows software application. It is used by various Windows technologies for configuring and deploying software, including ClickOnce and the Common Language Runtime (CLR). MANIFEST files are often seen with the compound ".exe.manifest" file extension.

MANIFEST files are typically only used by software developers. However, end users may also see MANIFEST files in temporary directories after opening ClickOnce applications from a link in a Web browser. You generally should not manually edit or delete these files, or the ClickOnce application may stop working.

You can visit the Manifest File Schema page to view the XML schema for MANIFEST files.

NOTE: MANIFEST files are often compiled into .CDF-MS files, which allow the underlying software to have faster access to the application parameters. Therefore, you may see CDF-MS files alongside your MANIFEST files.

List of all softwares that can open the Windows Application Manifest File
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017
Microsoft ClickOnce
Heaventools Application Manifest Wizard
Microsoft Notepad
File Type 2 Steam Manifest File
Developer by: Valve Category: Misc Files Format: Binary

File used by Valve Steam, a content delivery application used for downloading video games; related to .ACF files and used in the process of downloading and updating purchased games from the Steam online store.

List of all softwares that can open the Steam Manifest File
Valve Steam
Valve Steam

How to fix problems with .MANIFEST files

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