>> COLOURS file

COLOURS file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.colours - Ribbons Color Mapping Data

The COLOURS data files are related to Ribbons. The COLOURS file is a Ribbons Color Mapping Data. Ribbons software interactively displays molecular models, analyzes crystallographic results, and creates publication quality images. The Ribbons seems to be no longer supported.

Data files
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Ribbons Color Mapping Data related extensions:
Ribbons Atoms Definition
Ribbons Bonds Definition
Ribbons Color Mapping
Ribbons Coords Data
Ribbons Cylinder Definition
Ribbons Dot Definition

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

Can't open a .colours 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.

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

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

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