.STATE File Extension

File Type 1

RetroArch Game Save State

Developer libretro
3.3  |  4 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is an STATE file?

A STATE file is a save state created by RetroArch, a cross-platform video game console emulator. It contains data that allows a player to resume an in-progress, emulated game. While STATE files save users' progress, they are different than .SAV files. STATE files can be opened only in RetroArch.

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Nostalgic gamers can use a variety of video game console emulators to play old games on their PCs and other devices. RetroArch is one such emulator. When a gamer wants to save their progress while playing a game in RetroArch, they do so by creating a save state. A save state is a snapshot of a gamer's current game state, and it is saved in a STATE file. Most often, gamers create STATE files when they are about to quit an in-progress game, so they can resume the game at a later time.

Notably, RetroArch users can save different game states to different state slots within the same STATE file. This allows players to create multiple game saves and resume their progress from different points within a game. Players can select different state slots when saving or loading game states from RetroArch's quick menu.

While all video game emulators allow users to save in-progress games, most use different game save formats. For example, some Nintendo console emulators create SAV files that represent saved games. RetroArch is the only emulator that creates and loads STATE files.

NOTE: RetroArch users can check where their STATE files are stored by selecting Settings → Directory from RetroArch's main menu.

How to open an STATE file

You can open a STATE file in RetroArch (cross-platform). To do so, you must:

  1. Possess both RetroArch and a .ROM file that contains the game your STATE file was created from.
  2. Move your STATE file to RetroArch's saves directory (or whatever directory your version of RetroArch stores STATE files in).
  3. Open your ROM in RetroArch.
  4. Pause your game and select Load State from RetroArch's quick menu.

Because RetroArch can save different game states in different state slots, you may have to change the state slot RetroArch loads data from to access a specific game state saved within your STATE file.

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Programs that open STATE files

Updated January 18, 2021
File Type 2

Luminar Edit Log File

Developer Skylum Software
2.0  |  1 Vote
Category Data Files
Format XML

A STATE file is an XML file created by Luminar 4, a digital photo-editing application. It contains a record of the layer-based edits a photographer has applied to a photo within Luminar 4. STATE files are stored in the History folder found within a Luminar catalog.

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Screenshot of a .state file in Github Atom
STATE file open in Github Atom

Luminar is a digital photo-editing application that allows photographers to make layer-based edits to their photos. In Luminar 4, edited photos and a record of the edits made to those photos are saved in Luminar catalogs. The photos are saved as .TIFF files, and each photo's edit record is saved within numerous STATE files.

Each STATE file contains a record of the edits made to a photo up to a certain point. Each time you make an additional edit to a photo, Luminar 4 creates a new STATE file to record that edit (as well as all previous edits). As such, you will usually find many STATE files saved within each Luminar catalog.

How to open an STATE file

Luminar STATE files are not meant to be opened. However, if you want to view the XML that a STATE file contains, you can open it in any text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad, Apple TextEdit, or Github Atom.

Programs that open or reference STATE files

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Updated November 16, 2020

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