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CPIO file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.cpio - CPIO Archive

The CPIO archive files are related to GnuWin32 CPIO. CPIO file is a CPIO Archive. Cpio is a standard binary file archiver on Unix.

GnuWin32 CPIO
Archive files
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CPIO Archive related extensions:
Alysis SuperDisk Self-extracting Archive
Amiga PowerPacker Compressed Archive
Microsoft Windows Installer Patch
MSX PMA Acrhive
IRIX File-type Rules Data
Web Research Document Archive

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

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

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

cio, cpi, cpo, pio

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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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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