.ELF File Extension

.ELF File Extension

File Type 1

Nintendo Wii Game File

Developer Nintendo
Popularity
4.1  |  76 Votes
Category Executable Files
Format Binary

What is an ELF file?

An ELF file is an executable file meant to be used with a Nintendo Wii or Nintendo Wii emulator. It contains a video game or other Wii application. ELF files may contain official Wii applications or homebrew applications.

More Information

ELF files are similar to .DOL files, in that they are used to distribute Nintendo Wii games and other applications. However, ELF files contain extraneous debugging information that DOL files do not. For that reason, gamers prefer to distribute Wii applications as DOL files.

How do I open an ELF file?

On PCs, you can open an ELF file and launch the game or other application it contains using Dolphin, a cross-platform Nintendo Wii emulator. On a Nintendo Wii, you can open an ELF file by transferring the file to your Wii using an SD card and then opening the file via the Homebrew Channel.

How do I convert a Nintendo Wii ELF file to a DOL file?

In some cases, you may need to convert an ELF file to a DOL file in order to open it. You can convert ELF files to DOL files using the ELF to DOL Converter (cross-platform). The converter is a .BAT script that automatically converts ELF files to DOL files.

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Programs that open ELF files

Updated May 5, 2021
File Type 2

Executable and Linkable Format File

Developer Unix System Laboratories
Popularity
4.0  |  44 Votes
Category System Files
Format Binary

What is an ELF file?

System file created in the Executable and Linkable Format (ELF), which was previously known as the "Extensible Linking Format;" can store executable programs, memory dumps, and shared libraries.

More Information

The ELF format is a standard file format used on many Unix-based systems.

Programs that open ELF files

Linux
readelf
elfdump
objdump
Updated November 22, 2010
File Type 3

PlayStation Executable File

Developer Sony
Popularity
3.2  |  26 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is an ELF file?

File used by the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming systems; contains most of the contents from a video game disc; includes game data, object code, shared libraries, and other data.

More Information

ELF files are sometimes edited to modify PlayStation gameplay.

NOTE: PlayStation ELF files use the "Executable and Linkable Format," which is a standard file format used on Unix systems.

Programs that open ELF files

Windows
Free
Free
Linux
readelf
elfdump
objdump
Updated November 22, 2010

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