.BAR File Extension

File Type 1

Age of Empires 3 Data File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.9  |  28 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a BAR file?

Data file used by Age of Empires III, a strategy game where players control units and build empires; may include game data, such as textures, music, fonts, text, and other game settings; serves as a file container that holds game data.

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BAR files are loaded by Age of Empires III on-demand during gameplay.

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Updated March 4, 2010
File Type 2

Age of Mythology Data File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.3  |  3 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a BAR file?

File used by Age of Mythology, a Microsoft real-time strategy (RTS) game where player control units in a mythological era; serves as a file container which includes game data, such as textures, music, maps, models, and other game settings.

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BAR files are commonly used to create custom modifications for game content.

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Updated March 4, 2010
File Type 3

Brew MP Binary Application Resource

Developer Qualcomm
Popularity
3.0  |  3 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Binary

What is a BAR file?

A BAR file is a Binary Application Resource used by Brew Mobile Platform (MP) applications. It specifies the assets available to an executing module. BAR files are compiled from .CAR files and loaded when the application is run.

Programs that open or reference BAR files

Windows
Qualcomm Brew MP SDK
Mac
Qualcomm Brew MP SDK
Linux
Qualcomm Brew MP SDK
Updated March 22, 2022
File Type 4

XnViewMP Custom Toolbars

Developer XnSoft
Popularity
2.0  |  1 Vote
Category Settings Files
Format Text

What is a BAR file?

A BAR file contains data used to load customized XnViewMP toolbars. It defines the buttons and separators that each of XnViewMP's toolbars (Browser and View) contains. XnViewMP users can create and save custom toolbars using the program's Customize toolbar... feature.

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Screenshot of a .bar file in XnViewMP
BAR file open in XnViewMP

XnViewMP is an image viewer that allows users to open, edit, and convert images saved in over 500 different formats. The program contains both a file browser and an image viewer, each of which uses its own toolbar.

Users can customize either of XnViewMP's toolbars by right-clicking in the toolbar and selecting Customize toolbar.... This allows the user to add additional toolbar buttons, remove buttons, move buttons within a toolbar, add separators, add custom toolbar commands, and more.

If a user wants to save their custom toolbar settings, so they can load their custom toolbars in another instance of XnViewMP, they can do so by selecting the Save... button that appears in the toolbar Settings window. This saves the user's toolbar settings as a BAR file.

The BAR file is a plain text file broken into two sections, one for XnViewMP's Browser toolbar and another for its View toolbar. Each section contains a list of the buttons and separators used in its associated toolbar.

How to open a BAR file

To use a BAR file as an XnViewMP custom toolbar:

  1. Open XnViewMP.
  2. Right-click in the program's toolbar.
  3. Select Customize toolbar....
  4. Select Load....
  5. Navigate to and open your BAR file.
  6. Select OK.

If necessary, you can also open a BAR file in Microsoft Notepad (Windows), Apple TextEdit (Mac), or any other text editor, to view the plain text data the file contains.

Programs that open BAR files

Windows
Mac
Linux
Updated January 10, 2022

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