How to open .ini files

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Reel Big Austin, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Reel Big Austin macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2007
    Hey everybody, how do I open a .ini file on my mac?

    when I click on it, it just says that there is no default application specified to open the document.

    What should I do?

  2. sangosimo Guest


    Sep 11, 2008
  3. Reel Big Austin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2007
    erm, that didn't do anything. It's not a text document, it's an application.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can edit them with a text editor like TextEdit, but why would you want to? They're Windows files and have no function on a Mac.
  5. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    *.ini file is just a settings file. It's a text based document and can be opened up in any text editor. *.ini files can also be CREATED from a text editor.

    *.ini files are not applications nor were they ever (see here) they are however USED by applications (see note above) to store local information, the OS X equivalent would be a plist or preference list.
  6. WillBeanZ macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2014
    Wait but then what do you do after you open it on TextEdit?
  7. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    .ini files are configuration files used in that inferior OS (Windows).
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    TextEdit opens files as a rich document by default. You can change that in the preferences. You'd want "Plain Text". It's been YEARS since I used a Windows machine full-time, but I do remember that those used to open in the "Help" app, yes?
  9. CaptainKiller001 macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2018
    or you could just set the default to text edit, i tried and it actually works and properly updates the file, just make sure you save the file. i used this thread to try to figure out what to do. it didnt help. nothing works except setting the default opener to textedit.

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