Five Steps to Open DIR Files

If you have DIR files that you need to open, but you’re not sure how, follow these steps.


Step 1: Double-click the file.

Locate the DIR file icon and double-click it. If you have the right program installed, it should open the file automatically. If it doesn’t, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Look for another program.

If the DIR file doesn’t open when you double-click it, you probably don’t have the right program on your computer. There are several popular programs that can be used to open a DIR file. Try one of the three most common programs: Unknown Apple II File, CPS Backup, or VAX - CPS Backup Directory File.

Step 3: Check the file type.

If none of the above programs will open your DIR file, check the file type to make sure you have a program that can open that type of file. Most DIR files are Video Files, but there’s a chance it might be another type.

You can find this information in the file’s properties. On a Windows computer, just right-click the file and click properties, and look for the file type under “Type of File.” On a Mac computer, right-click the file and click “More info,” and look for the file type under “Kind.”

Step 4: Get help from a developer.

If you can’t figure out how to open a DIR file, a developer can probably tell you how. Find the program you have in the table below and contact the developer of that program.

Program Name Developer Name
Unknown Apple II File found on Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom
CPS Backup Microsoft Developer
VAX - CPS Backup Directory File Unknown
Procomm Plus Dialing Directory PC Software Company
Macromedia Director Movie Adobe Systems Incorporated
dbm Database Directory File Windows Programmer
Directory Indicator Microsoft Corporation
DEC VAX Directory Microsoft Developer
WebSTAR Directory Indexer Plugin File Unknown
ArcView INFO Directory Manager File ESRI
Grand Theft Auto III Rockstar Games
Worms Armageddon Archive PC Software Company

Step 5: Find a universal file viewer.

The easiest way to open a DIR file, or any kind of file, is to use a universal file viewer like File Magic (Download). You can use it to open many different file formats. If it’s not compatible, the file will just open in binary.

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