What is an AFI File?

Question: What is an AFI File?

Did you find an AFI file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you an AFI file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the AFI file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open an AFI file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .AFI file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the AFI file extension is an AOMEI Backupper file.

Some AFI files may be Truevision Bitmap Graphic files, especially if the files are small and you suspect they're images of some kind.

Other types of files may also use the AFI file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .AFI extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open an AFI File:

The easiest way to open an AFI file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the AFI file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit AFI files.

Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.

AFI files can be opened with the free AOMEI Backupper Standard program which will be able to restore to your computer the files contained in the AFI backup.

If you know of anything else about AFI files, please send me a quick email and let me know so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the AFI file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents.

This may or may not be the case with AFI files but it's worth a try.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the AFI file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open AFI files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an AFI File:

There are two main ways to attempt to convert an AFI file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the AFI file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens AFI files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the AFI file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using an AFI File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the AFI file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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