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ZIM file format description

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

2 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.zim - OpenZIM Archive

The ZIM data files are related to OpenZIM. ZIM file is an OpenZIM Archive. The OpenZIM project proposes offline storage solutions for content coming from the Web.

Data files
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OpenZIM Archive related extensions:
OpenZIM Splitted Archive

.zim - NEC PC-98 Kid98 Image

The ZIM graphic files are related to Recoil. ZIM file is a NEC PC-98 Kid98 Image. The PC-98 is a lineup of Japanese 16-bit and 32-bit personal computers manufactured by NEC from 1982 through 2000.

Graphic files
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NEC PC-98 Kid98 Image related extensions:
Commodore 64 8x8 Font Data
Commodore 64 SEUCK Sprite Image
Atari 8-bit Anime 4ever Image
Commodore Amiga AMOS Bitmap
Commodore Amiga Continuous Bitmap Image
Commodore 64 AFLI-editor Image

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

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

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

aim, im, sim, xim, zik, zil, zin, zlm, zm, zmi, zom

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

AIM Greyscale Image
DMDX ZIL Output Data
Aurora Image
ZoneAlarm MailSafe Renamed MST File

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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