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What is an MKCD file?
An MKCD file is a program created using either the Minecraft or Chibi Chip Microsoft MakeCode editor. It contains either a program that can be used as a Minecraft for Windows 10 or Minecraft: Education Edition mod, or a program that can be installed on a Chibi Chip microcontroller. MKCD files are typically prepended with either minecraft or chibitronics, so you can tell which type of MKCD file you have.
Microsoft MakeCode is an online, primarily block-based code editor that students can use to create and edit simple programs. Most of these programs are meant to be installed on microcontrollers. For example, a student can use the Chibi Chip MakeCode editor to create a program for use with the Chibi Chip microcontroller, and then install the program on their Chibi Chip.
MakeCode also includes a Minecraft mod creation tool that allows students to create and install mods for Minecraft for Windows 10 and Minecraft: Education Edition. The programs that students create in MakeCode's Minecraft and Chibi Chip editors are both saved as MKCD files. To ensure students do not attempt to open an MKCD file created using one editor in the other editor, MakeCode adds an identifying prefix to all MKCD files that users download.
How to open an MKCD file
You can open an MKCD file in either the Minecraft or Chibi Chip Microsoft MakeCode editor (Web). MKCD files meant to be opened in the Minecraft editor are typically prepended with minecraft. MKCD files meant to be opened in the Chibi Chip editor are typically prepended with chibitronics.