What is a DIRECTORY File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert DIRECTORY Files

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A file with the DIRECTORY file extension is a KDE Folder Parameters file, or sometimes called a KDI Folder View Properties file.

Every folder in a Linux-based operating systems that use .DIRECTORY files will have its own .DIRECTORY file that specifies options for that particular folder, including the name, icon, and other details.

Note: A folder (like one that holds your music collection, images, etc.) is also referred to as a "directory," but it's not the same as the DIRECTORY file format.

See What is a Root Folder or Root Directory if you're looking for information on those terms instead.

How To Open a DIRECTORY File

The operating system using the .DIRECTORY file will use it as is - you don't need to install any third-party programs to open it. In Linux, what opens this type of file is called KDE, which stands for K Desktop Environment.

However, you should be able to use a text editor like the free Notepadqq or Notepad++ to open a .DIRECTORY file to display (and possibly edit) its contents.

Note: Are you trying to open a folder in a terminal or Command Prompt, and not a .DIRECTORY file? In a terminal, use the open command as seen in this Stackoverflow example. See iSunshare's tutorial if you need help using the start command to open a directory in Command Prompt.

How To Convert a DIRECTORY File

There shouldn't be any reason to convert a .DIRECTORY file to another format because it would just make the file unusable.

If you're wanting to convert a directory (folder) full of files, and not a .DIRECTORY file, take a look at these free file converters. You can use them to convert images, audio files, videos, and more.

Something a little different that you might be after is converting a directory listing to a text file so that you can have a list of all the files that are in that folder.

This can be done in Windows with the dir command.

Lots of programs can convert a directory of files to the ISO format. WinCDEmu, MagicISO, and IsoCreator are just a few examples.

More Help With DIRECTORY Files

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