.AIA File Extension

MIT App Inventor Project

Developer MIT
3.8  |  139 Votes

What is a AIA file?

An AIA file is a Zip-compressed project file created by MIT App Inventor, a web program used to teach beginning developers to create Android and iOS applications. It contains multiple folders and files, including .BKY, SCM, and YAIL source code files. AIA files are used to save backups of App Inventor projects and share them with other users.

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Screenshot of a .aia file in MIT App Inventor
AIA file open in MIT App Inventor

App Inventor allows you to drag and drop elements, such as buttons, images, text boxes, and sliders, to create a mobile application and program its functionality. When you save an App Inventor project, it is typically saved to your online account. However, you can also download App Inventor projects as AIA files. To download a project as an AIA file, select Projects and choose Export selected project (.aia) to my computer.

NOTE: You can also use Kodular Creator, an App Inventor variant, to open AIA files.

How to open a AIA file

You can open AIA files in MIT App Inventor (Web). To do so, select Projects → Import project from my computer.... Then, when the Import Project... window appears, browse to and open your AIA file.

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Programs that open or reference AIA files

Adobe Illustrator Action File

Developer Adobe Systems
3.3  |  28 Votes

An AIA file contains one or more recorded actions that automate tasks in Adobe Illustrator, a vector artwork application. Examples of automated tasks stored in AIA files include common steps for editing a graphic or steps for batch-processing images. AIA files save actions in plain text.

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Screenshot of a .aia file in Adobe Illustrator 2023
AIA file open in Adobe Illustrator 2023

Adobe Illustrator is an industry-standard vector graphics application. Graphic artists and web designers often use the application to design and modify vector artwork, such as icons, logos, and web & mobile layouts.

Illustrator allows you to record actions in the application to help you save time on oft-repeated and complex tasks. To record actions and save them as an AIA file, you must first open the Actions window by selecting Window → Actions. Then, click the menu in the upper-right corner and select New Action....

In macOS, place AIA Action files in the following location for Illustrator to load them automatically:

Macintosh HD/​Applications/​Adobe Illustrator [version]/​Presets/​en_US/​Actions

How to open a AIA file

You can open an AIA file with Adobe Illustrator in Windows and macOS. To open an AIA file, open the Actions window by selecting Window → Actions. Then, click the menu in the upper-right corner and select Load Actions....

Opening an AIA file with a text editor

AIA file open in Apple TextEdit
AIA file open in Apple TextEdit

Since AIA files are saved in plain text, you can also open and view them with a text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit.

When opened in a text editor or source code editor, you can modify the properties of the AIA file. However, if you incorrectly edit the file, you may inadvertently corrupt the actions.

Programs that open AIA files


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