Determining a file format
in a system using the Windows platform is crucial, as without that, it is impossible to open the file. The file format
allows users to know which software is required to open the file. The file format
can be determined easily through the extension name of the file
that appears after the name of the file, followed by a dot. The extension name may be damaged, due to error while transferring via email, but even then, the type of the file can be found out. There are many utilities
dedicated to this purpose. These tools based on the Magic database file format
can determine the file type from its content.
The simplest method for determining a file's type is to look at the file extension. However, sometimes this does not match the file type or the extension is hidden. Fortunately, there are utilities that can determine the type of a file based on its content. Many of these programs use a database called Magic database file format
Two such utilities for Windows computers are listed below.
Download FileID here
To use FileID:
TrID works similarly to FileID. Download TrID here
To use TrID:
- Decompress the downloaded file
- Open the Start menu and click Run
- Launch the console by typing:
- Run the following command:
- Replace "filename" with the file you want to analyze
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Latest update on November 8, 2012 at 01:34 PM by Jeff.