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.ROM File Extension

File Type 1Read Only Memory Image

DeveloperN/A
Popularity
4.1 (147 Votes)
CategoryDisk Image Files
FormatBinary

What is a ROM file?

A ROM file is a data file that contains an exact copy of the read-only memory ROM chip for a hardware device, typically from computer firmware or a video game cartridge. It is commonly used for duplicating ROMs for the purpose of software emulation or for updating the firmware on a certain device, or for backing up ROMs for archival purposes.

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ROMs are acquired from cartridges, discs, or other hardware through a process called "Dumping." There are various devices utilized to dump video game ROMs into a ROM file, however, dumping ROMs from other devices, like arcade games, requires more specialized tools and expertise.

If the ROM file is used for emulation, it is typically used to enable older operating system (OS) software to be run on newer Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Or it may be used to play video games for older consoles, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or Sega Genesis on a computer using a video game emulator.

NOTE: Since ROM files are used for different purposes they may use different file formatting. Therefore, a ROM used by one program may not be compatible with another program.

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Updated 10/12/2020

File Type 2N64 Game ROM File

DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.3 (45 Votes)
CategoryGame Files
FormatN/A

.ROM File Association 2

A ROM file is a Nintendo 64 (N64) game file playable with an N64 emulator. It stores the contents of an N64 game cartridge in a read-only file format that can be opened and played using a Nintendo 64 emulation program.

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N64 game ROMs more commonly use the .N64 and .V64 file extensions.

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Updated 4/21/2016

File Type 3Killing Floor Map File

DeveloperTripwire Interactive
Popularity
2.5 (23 Votes)
CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

.ROM File Association 3

Game file used by Killing Floor, a co-op survival horror game of the first-person shoot genre; saves the layout of a game map and includes the locations of spawn points, enemies, weapons, and other game objects; sometimes modified by game community members and shared on websites with other players.

Programs that open ROM files

Updated 4/26/2013

About ROM Files

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