Common File Types

These are some of the common file types our clients inquire about recovering from failed storage media or performing forensic analysis on:

Text Files


Pages Document


Rich Text Format File


LaTeX Source Document


Plain Text File


Microsoft Word Document


Microsoft Word Open XML Document


Log File


Outlook Mail Message


OpenDocument Text Document


WordPerfect Document


Microsoft Works Word Processor Document

Data Files


Comma Separated Values File


Data File


TurboTax [XXXX] Tax Return ([XXXX] is the current year when file was created, i.e .tax2017)


Quickbooks File


Quickbooks Backup File


Quickbooks Auto Recovery File


Quickbooks Non-Committed Transaction Logs


GEDCOM Genealogy Data File


Keynote Presentation


Mac OS X Keychain File


PowerPoint Slide Show


PowerPoint Presentation


PowerPoint Open XML Presentation


Standard Data File


Consolidated Unix File Archive


vCard File


XML File

Video Files


3GPP2 Multimedia File


3GPP Multimedia File


iTunes Video File


Apple QuickTime Movie


MPEG-4 Video File


MPEG Video File


Advanced Systems Format File


Audio Video Interleave File


Animate Video File


RealMedia File


SubRip Subtitle File


Shockwave Flash Movie


DVD Video Object File


Windows Media Video File

Audio Files


MP3 Audio File


MPEG-2 Audio File


WAVE Audio File


Windows Media Audio File


Audio Interchange File Format


Interchange File Format


Media Playlist File


MPEG-4 Audio File




Vorbis OGG File

Plugin Files


Chrome Extension


Mac OS X Plugin

CAD Files






Autodesk Inventor


Export format


Export format


Export format


AutoCAD Drawing Database File


Drawing Exchange Format File


3D Studio


Autodesk Fusion 360

Executable Files


Windows Script File


Windows Executable File


Windows Gadget


Java Archive File


Android Package File


Mac OS X Application


DOS Batch File


Common Gateway Interface Script


DOS Command File

Database Files


Database File


Database File


SQLite Database


Microsoft Access Database


Program Database


Structured Query Language Data File


Access 2007 Database File

Page Layout Files


Excel Spreadsheet


Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet


Open Office Calc Spreadsheet


Numbers Spreadsheet


Adobe InDesign Document


Picture File


Portable Document Format File


Works Spreadsheet

Vector Image Files


Adobe Illustrator File


Encapsulated PostScript File


PostScript File


Scalable Vector Graphics File | Inkscape

Raster Image Files


Thumbnail Image File


Tagged Image File


Tagged Image File Format


Targa Graphic


Adobe Photoshop Document


PaintShop Pro Image


Bitmap Image File


DirectDraw Surface


Graphical Interchange Format File


JPEG Image


Portable Network Graphic


Targa Graphic

3D Files


Wavefront 3D Object File


Common 3d File


Rhino 3D Model


3D Studio Scene


3ds Max Scene File

GIS Files


GPS Exchange File


Keyhole Markup Language File


Google Earth Place-mark File

Backup Files


Backup File


Temporary File

Settings Files


Configuration File


Windows Initialization File


Outlook Profile File

Font Files


OpenType Font


TrueType Font


Windows Font File


Generic Font File

System Files


Icon File


Windows File Shortcut


Windows System File


Windows Cabinet File


Outlook File


Windows Control Panel Item


Windows Cursor


Dynamic Link Library


Windows Memory Dump


Device Driver


Mac OS X Icon Resource File

Web Files


Cascading Style Sheet


Extensible Hypertext Markup Language File


Django, etc.


Hypertext Markup Language File


Hypertext Markup Language File


JavaScript File


Java Server Page


PHP Source Code File


Rich Site Summary


Active Server Page


Active Server Page Extended File


Internet Security Certificate


ColdFusion Markup File


Certificate Signing Request File

Encoded Files


BinHex 4.0 Encoded File


Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Message File


Uuencoded File

Disk Image Files


Media Disc Image File


Toast Disc Image


Virtual CD


Binary Disc Image


Cue Sheet File


Mac OS X Disk Image


Disc Image File

Compressed Files


Gnu Zipped Archive


Mac OS X Installer Package


WinRAR Compressed Archive


Compressed Tarball File


Zipped File


Extended Zip File


Debian Software Package


7-Zip Compressed File


Comic Book RAR Archive


Red Hat Package Manager File


StuffIt X Archive

Programming Files


Visual C++ Project


Xcode Project


Bash Shell Script


Visual Studio Solution File


Swift Source Code File


Visual Basic Project Item File


Document Type Definition File


Adobe Animate Animation


C/C++/Objective-C Header File


Java Source Code File


Lua Source File


C/C++ Source Code File


Java Class File


C++ Source Code File


Visual C# Source Code File


Objective-C Implementation File


Perl Script


Python Script

Misc Files


Calendar File


Windows Installer Package


Partially Downloaded File


BitTorrent File