file type

Computing Dictionary

file type definition

file format
The kind of data stored in a file. Most modern operating systems use the filename extension to determine the file type though others store this information elsewhere in the file system. The file type is used to choose an appropriate icon to represent the file in a GUI and the correct application with which to view, edit, run, or print the file.
Different operating systems support different sets of file types though most agree on a large common set and allow arbitrary new types to be defined.
See also MIME.
FileInfo.com - The File Extensions Resource (http://fileinfo.com/)
(2009-03-27)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: file transfer protocol
Next Definition: file-band
Words Near: file type
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for file type
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing file type
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature