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How to Open DAT File Extension?

What are DAT Files?

Files having the DAT file extension is a kind of generic data file that saves certain information that is related to the program that creates the file. Applications that basically use them are Cleaner, Porteus, and Minecraft. DAT files are represented with the DAT file extension and it can be viewed and edited by using the Microsoft Windows application or the Mac software, this software is basically used to create the DAT file.

A DAT file that consists of essential information for software to handle. DAT files generally include either plain text or binary text, although in lots of cases, you may encounter those as the actual video file for programs such as VCDGear or CyberLink PowerDirector. Windows-based system users can use the Notepad text editor to open the DAT file. In contrast, users of Mac can use any Apple Text editor to view the DAT file. Though it is basically advised to determine the certain software that was mainly developed to create or play the content that is to be saved in a DAT file. For Example, some of the VCDs that includes the DAT files can be opened and viewed by using the Microsoft windows media players.

File Categories

  • Presentations
  • Documents
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Plug-ins
  • Images
  • Disk Images
  • Compressed Files
  • Encoded Files
  • Metadata Files

Programs that support DAT files

  • Microsoft Applications
  • Web browsers
  • Software programs
  • Media players
  • Photo viewers

Methods to open DAT File

It is very difficult to understand whether the DAT files the user is trying to deal with containing the text, pictures, videos, or the configuration files for the software on your computer, opening a DAT file will change depending on the information it consists of. DAT files can be viewed in any standard text editor as they are in text format.

Method 1:- To Open a Known DAT file on Windows

  • Firstly, determine the DAT file program
  • Open the program and click on the selected file.
  • Click on the file and open it.
  • Display all files in the file explorer.
  • Then select the DAT file and click on the open.
  • If prompted, confirm that you want to open the file.
  • At last, change the file extension of the DAT file if you feel necessary.

Method 2:-To Open a known DAT file on Mac

  • Firstly, determine the DAT file program.
  • Open the application and then drag it to the window of the application.
  • Now drop the file there
  • If prompted, confirm on the checkbox that you wish to view the file.
  • lastly, change the file extension of the DAT file if it is necessary.

Method 3:- Finding the appropriate program

  • Firstly, consider the file context.
  • Take permission from the file creator.
  • Open the DAT file.
  • Have a short glimpse of the information about the DAT file
  • Then you should try to open the file in a general program.
  • Lastly, it should be used for trial-and-error.

Steps to convert DAT file to MP4 file on Windows/Mac.

Now we will be discussing how a DAT file can be converted into an MP4 file format on Windows or Mac, and to convert the file on Mac you first need to download the Mac version and then follow the similar steps given below.

Steps to convert DAT file to MP4 file by using the Wondershare Converter for free:

Step 1:

Firstly, download and install the wonder share Free Converter on your PC/Mac. After installation launches the converter and hit the Add files button from the convert window to browse the file and then add the DAT files from the personal computer.

Step 2:

As you add the DAT file click on the drop-down menu located next to the convert all files button to open the list of file formats and choose any one file format of your choice that you want to convert such as MP4.

Step 3:

Finally, click on the “Convert All” tab to convert your DAT file into an MP4 file format or in other selected file formats. After the conversion process is completed, the finished message will then be displayed on your screen.


● It provides an array of video and audio file formats for free conversion.

● It also supports batch processing for converting multiple files at a similar time

● It Features in-application editing functions.

● Other functions related to the video like Video Download, Burn DVD, and Video Transfer are also available.


● You can have a watermark on the output video like most free converters you can find

● Fewer functions than WondershareUniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)

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