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What is a CBI File?


Question: What is a CBI File?

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

Before you can open a CBI 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 .CBI file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the CBI file extension is an IBM Mainframe Column Binary Formatted file.

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

How To Open an CBI File:

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

As of this writing, I don't have information on any specific applications that will view CBI files or open CBI files for editing. If you know of any, please send me a quick email and let me know the name of the program so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the CBI 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 CBI files but it's worth a try.

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

How To Convert a CBI File:

There are two main ways to attempt to convert a CBI file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the CBI 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 CBI files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the CBI 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 a CBI 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 CBI file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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