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Open TMP File

TMP files are used to store temporary information. Typically these files are stored only while information in them is needed by an application or operating system and are deleted as soon as this information becomes obsolete. TMP file extension is used by different operating systems including Mac OS, Windows and Linux.

TMP files can store different types of information. Frequently TMP files are just renamed files of other types. That is why it is often not easy to open TMP file without knowing what exactly is inside it.

TMP files are deleted by the operating system when they are not in use any more. But sometimes they can be left by the system and consume disk space.

During installation, some applications use temporary files instead of occupying the hard drive space of a system. This is the main reason why programs require enough storage space to be used for temporary files on specific location on a computer. When creating a Word document in Windows, a TMP file is automatically created and used by the system.

There are no real threats on the temp files. However, several memory resident viruses often associate themselves to temp files. Some even create temporary files altering those with .com and .exe extensions in order to spread.

You can open certain TMP files using text or hex editor. If the information inside the TMP file is textual then you will be able to see and understandwhat is stored inside. TMP files can contain initialization or information installation and other data related to specific application.

Similar file types

    • SWP or SWAP - Swap Files
    • BAK - Backup Files
    • TEMP - Temporary Files

Get more information about how to open TMP file.

If you are not able to open file with certain file extension make sure to check if extension for the file is correct. It is possible that information in the file doesn't match file extension.

 

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Extension Details
  Temporary File
MIME Type
  application/binary
Opens with
  Depends on information inside

See also  Open XLS file

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