.MANIFEST File Extension

.MANIFEST File Extension

File Type 1

Windows Application Manifest File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
4.1  |  132 Votes
Category System Files
Format XML

What is a MANIFEST file?

A MANIFEST file is an XML document that describes the manifest, or package contents, of a Windows software application. It is used by various Windows technologies for configuring and deploying software, including ClickOnce and the Common Language Runtime (CLR). MANIFEST files are often seen with the compound ".exe.manifest" file extension.

More Information

MANIFEST files are typically only used by software developers. However, end users may also see MANIFEST files in temporary directories after opening ClickOnce applications from a link in a Web browser. You generally should not manually edit or delete these files, or the ClickOnce application may stop working.

You can visit the Manifest File Schema page to view the XML schema for MANIFEST files.

NOTE: MANIFEST files are often compiled into .CDF-MS files, which allow the underlying software to have faster access to the application parameters. Therefore, you may see CDF-MS files alongside your MANIFEST files.

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Programs that open MANIFEST files

Updated October 3, 2017
File Type 2

Steam Manifest File

Developer Valve
Popularity
3.4  |  25 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format Binary

What is a MANIFEST file?

File used by Valve Steam, a content delivery application used for downloading video games; related to .ACF files and used in the process of downloading and updating purchased games from the Steam online store.

Programs that open MANIFEST files

Windows
Mac
Updated October 3, 2011

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