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.MANIFEST File Extension

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File Type 1Windows Application Manifest File

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CategorySystem Files


This file is saved in an XML format. You can view the XML structure and contents of the file in a text editor.


XML document that describes the manifest, or package contents, of a Windows software application; used by various Windows technologies for configuring and deploying software, including ClickOnce and the Common Language Runtime (CLR); often seen with the compound ".exe.manifest" file extension.

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MANIFEST files are typically only used by software developers. However, end users may also see MANIFEST files in temporary directories after opening ClickOnce applications from a link in a Web browser. You generally should not manually edit or delete these files, or the ClickOnce application may stop working.

You can visit the Manifest File Schema page to view the XML schema for MANIFEST files.

NOTE: MANIFEST files are often compiled into .CDF-MS files, which allow the underlying software to have faster access to the application parameters. Therefore, you may see CDF-MS files alongside your MANIFEST files.

Program(s) that open .MANIFEST files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Visual Studio 2013
Microsoft ClickOnce
Heaventools Application Manifest Wizard
Microsoft Notepad
Other text editor
Updated 12/20/2012

File Type 2Steam Manifest File

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CategoryMisc Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


File used by Valve Steam, a content delivery application used for downloading video games; related to .ACF files and used in the process of downloading and updating purchased games from the Steam online store.

Program(s) that open .MANIFEST files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Valve Steam
Mac OS X LogoMac
Valve Steam
Updated 10/3/2011