.ABDATA File Extension

Adobe Bridge Data File

Developer Adobe Systems
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What is an ABDATA file?

An ABDATA file is a data file created by Adobe Bridge, a digital asset management tool for Adobe Creative Cloud. It stores various data referenced by Bridge, including preferences and application keywords. Bridge automatically generates ABDATA files and loads them when running.

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Screenshot of a .abdata file in Apple TextEdit 1
ABDATA file open in Apple TextEdit 1

Bridge is a digital asset management tool that allows you to organize your multimedia files, create workflows to automate tasks, and publish creative assets. The software integrates with other Adobe programs, including Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator.

You can find ABDATA files stored in the Bridge directory. For example, the Adobe Bridge Metadata Preferences.abdata file for Bridge 2022 is located in the following directory in macOS:

Users/​[username]/​Library/​Application Support/​Adobe/​Bridge 2022

Common ABDATA Filenames

Adobe Bridge Metadata Preferences.abdata - Name of the ABDATA file that stores Bridge preferences.

How to open an ABDATA file

ABDATA files are not meant to be opened. Instead, Adobe Bridge references the data stored in the ABDATA file and loads it.

However, if you would like to view the plain text data saved in an ABDATA file, you can open the file with a text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (Windows) or Apple TextEdit (macOS).

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