File Extension Library

.NAMES File Extension

  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Text

What are .NAMES files and how to open them?

Can't open .NAMES 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 .NAMES file.

What is a .NAMES file extension?

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

.NAMES is Data Set Description File

A NAMES file is a plain text file that contains a description of a database file with a .data file extension. It is similar to a .MANIFEST file used to store metadata about the contents packaged in a Windows application. NAMES files include various metadata, such as who collected the data, where the data was collected, past usage, citation requests, and attribute information.

NAMES file open in Microsoft Notepad

You will most likely only encounter a NAMES file if you download a database from an online repository. The NAMES file is typically created by one of the conductors of the study that collected the data. He or she publishes it with the database to help users better understand the data they are viewing.

You can open the NAMES with any text editor. If you use Windows, you can open it with Notepad and if you use macOS, you can open it with TextEdit. Both programs are bundled with their respective operating systems.

List of all softwares that can open the Data Set Description File
Microsoft Notepad
Microsoft WordPad
Microsoft Word 365
text editor
Apple TextEdit
Apple Pages
text editor
text editor
Apple Pages
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Word

How to fix problems with .NAMES files

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