.FSM File Extension

File Type 1

FreeSpace Mission Definition

Developer Volition
3.3  |  7 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Text

What is an FSM file?

An FSM file is a mission definition file used by Descent: FreeSpace - The Great War, a space combat video game. It contains a list of plain text settings used to load a mission's cutscenes, briefings, objects, goals, and other data. FSM files can also be loaded in FreeSpace 2 and FreeSpace Open.

More Information

Descent: FreeSpace is a spin-off of the Descent series of video games. In FreeSpace, players play as a human pilot who must undertake a series of missions to protect humanity from an alien threat. The game was developed by Volition and published by Interplay Entertainment in 1998.

The settings that define FreeSpace's missions are saved in FSM files. The game includes an FSM editor named FRED, which players can use to edit the game's existing FSM files and create their own. FRED allows players to edit FSM files in a 3D environment, which shows all the objects included in a mission. It also allows players to add custom voice tracks and text to mission briefings and messages.

In 1999, Volition and Interplay Entertainment released a sequel to FreeSpace, titled FreeSpace 2. FreeSpace 2's mission editor, FRED2, can also open FSM files, and players can use FSM files to play missions in FreeSpace 2. The same is true for FreeSpace Open, an open-source add-on for FreeSpace 2, and its mission editor, FRED2_Open.

How to open an FSM file

You can open and edit an FSM file with FRED, FRED2, or FRED2_Open, which are included with Descent: FreeSpace, FreeSpace 2, and FreeSpace Open, respectively. You must own a copy of FreeSpace 2 to use FreeSpace Open.

Because FSM files are plain text files, you can also open them with Microsoft Notepad (Windows), Apple TextEdit (Mac), or any other text editor, to view the data they contain.

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Programs that open FSM files

Updated October 18, 2022
File Type 2

Farandole Composer WaveSample File

Developer N/A
2.0  |  2 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format N/A

What is an FSM file?

Sample format used by Farandole Composer, an older music tracking program

Programs that open FSM files

Updated 2006
File Type 3

Splitty Master Split File

Developer Basta Computing
2.0  |  2 Votes
Category Encoded Files
Format N/A

What is an FSM file?

Master file of a split archive created with Splitty, a file splitter optimized for speed, security, and efficiency; stores information about the split archive and the .FSS data files that make up the archive.

Programs that open FSM files

Basta Computing Splitty
Updated January 27, 2009

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