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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.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.class - Java Class

CLASS files contain bytecodes for the Java Virtual Machine, Tthey are normally produced by a compiler for the Java programming language.

.class file format description:
CLASS format
Application:
Java Runtime Environment
Category:
Application files
Mime-type:
application/java-vm
Magic:
- / -
Aliases:
cla, cls
Java Class related extensions:
.jar
Java Archive
.jnlp
Java Network Launch Protocol Descriptor
.mf
Java Manifest File
.properties
Java Properties File
.war
Java Web Archive

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:

example.class

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:

clas

Operating systems

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