.DIF File Extension

.DIF File Extension

File Type 1

Data Interchange Format

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
4.3  |  25 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is a DIF file?

A DIF file is a spreadsheet supported by spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel and Access and Apache OpenOffice Calc. It contains spreadsheet data exported from a program. DIF files are stored in ASCII text, which means they can be viewed and edited with a text editor.

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Screenshot of a .dif file in Microsoft Excel 2016
DIF file open in Microsoft Excel 2016

DIF stands for data interchange format and is a standardized spreadsheet export format that is widely supported. The purpose of DIF files is to allow users to export data from a spreadsheet in a format that can be imported by a variety of programs.

One limitation of the format is that it does not support multiple spreadsheets. This means that the DIF file can only store one spreadsheet. Therefore, if you need to export multiple spreadsheets in the DIF format you will need to create multiple DIF files.

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Programs that open DIF files

Updated February 8, 2017
File Type 2

MAME CHD Diff File

Developer The MAME Team
Popularity
3.5  |  4 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a DIF file?

File created by MAME arcade game emulators; contains data saved by the emulated game; saves differential data instead of trying to alter the original .CHD game disk image; allows the game to be played without modifying or corrupting the original arcade game data.

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When a DIF file is written, MAME subsequently redirects all requests for the "Diff" data to the DIF file instead of the CHD file.

Programs that open DIF files

Windows
Free
Free Trial
Mac
Updated November 16, 2010
File Type 3

Torque Game Engine Model File

Developer TorquePowered.com
Popularity
3.0  |  3 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format Binary

What is a DIF file?

3D model used by the Torque Game Engine, which is used to develop console, PC, and mobile platform video games; contains the 3D geometry, lighting and other information for the game model; often used for displaying buildings in the game.

Programs that open DIF files

Updated December 3, 2010
File Type 4

Digital Interface Format

Developer N/A
Popularity
1.7  |  3 Votes
Category Video Files
Format N/A

What is a DIF file?

Raw digital video format similar to the .DV file format; used by Pinnacle Liquid Edition for capturing video

Programs that open DIF files

Windows
Included with OS
Pinnacle Systems Liquid Edition
Free Trial
Mac
Apple QuickTime Player, iMovie
Updated 2006

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