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What is a DRI File?

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Question: What is a DRI File?

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

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

Answer: A file with the DRI file extension is a Speedy Printed Circuit Board Design Software file.

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

How To Open a DRI File:

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

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the DRI file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open DRI 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 DRI File:

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

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

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

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