CLASS file format description

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

2 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.class - Java Class Data

The CLASS application files are related to Java Runtime Environment. The CLASS file is a Java Class Data. CLASS file contains bytecodes for the Java Virtual Machine. Java is a class-based, object-oriented programming language that is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible.

Java Runtime Environment
Application files
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cla, clas, cls
Java Class Data related extensions:
Windows Command File
QlikView Sense App
SmartStart Array Configuration Script
U3 Package
Visual Basic Module
Windows Command File

.class - Gambas V2 Class Data

The CLASS development files are related to Gambas. The CLASS file is a Gambas V2 Class Data. Gambas is a free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions.

Development files
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Gambas V2 Class Data related extensions:
Gambas V2 Form
Gambas V2 Application

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

Can't open a .class 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 .class file extension is often given incorrectly!

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


Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Java Class Data

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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