.SAV File Extension
File Type 1Nintendo DS Save File
Saved game created for games on the Nintendo DS portable game system; may include game information such as the character name, experience points, completed levels, and in-game resources; stores the state of the current game progress.
SAV files are often found with an .NDS Nintendo DS ROM file, and are sometimes required in order for the ROM to run properly.
NOTE: When transferring SAV files to a new Nintendo DS flash card, you must make sure that the file format is compatible or the saved game may not load.
File Type 2Saved Game
File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.
Generic extension used for saved files; typically used for saving progress in video games.
File Type 3SPSS Data File
Data file created by SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), an application used for statistical analysis; saved in a proprietary binary format and contains a dataset as well as a dictionary that describes the dataset; saves data by "cases" (rows) and "variables" (columns).
SAV files are often used for storing datasets extracted from databases and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. However, they can also save data that has been entered manually by the user or data that has been generated by the software.
SPSS datasets can be manipulated in a variety of ways using the SPSS engine, but they are most commonly used to perform statistical analysis tests such as regression analysis, analysis of variance, and factor analysis. Results can be graphed to a variety of supported chart types, including bar graphs, line graphs, scatter plots, and histograms.
File Type 4Mass Effect 3 Saved Game
Saved game created by Mass Effect 3 (ME3), a galactic action role-playing game; stores the player's profile and includes mission progress, game items, and achievements.
ME3 SAV files are saved to the C:\Users\[user]\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save\ directory. A common SAV file is Local_Profile.sav.
File Type 5Fallout 2 Map Archive
Archive used by Fallout 2, a futuristic, role-playing video game; contains a .DB file that stores map data, which describes cities and other locations in the game.
SAV files are similar to Fallout 2 .MAP files but are compressed with GZIP compression. You can rename the "sav" extension to "gz" or "zip" and uncompress the archive with programs such as WinRAR.
File Type 6Parallels Desktop Saved State Image File
File saved by Parallels Desktop, a program that allows users to run Windows from Mac computers; stores the state of the Parallels Desktop virtual machine (VM) when it is paused or suspended; used to load and save VM states.
SAV files store the state of the machine and all running applications when the VM is paused.