BUFR file format description

Many people share .bufr files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .bufr file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .bufr files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bufr - Binary Universal Form for the Representation

The BUFR data files are related to Metview. The BUFR file is a Binary Universal Form for the Representation. The Binary Universal Form for the Representation of meteorological data (BUFR) is a binary data format maintained by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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Naturally, other applications may also use the .bufr file extension. Even harmful programs can create .bufr files. Be especially cautious with .bufr files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .bufr file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .bufr file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

bfr, buf, bur, ufr

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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