.WS File Extension

File Type 1

Windows Script

Developer Microsoft
3.8  |  26 Votes
Category Executable Files
Format Text

What is a WS file?

Executable script for Windows that can incorporate JScript and VBScript routines and may include XML elements; runs when opened if Windows Scripting Host (WSH) 2.0 or later is installed.

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NOTE: Do not open as an e-mail attachment, since WS files can contain viruses or other malicious programs.

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Included with OS
Updated June 13, 2009
File Type 2

WonderSwan Game ROM

Developer N/A
3.0  |  5 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

A WS file may also be a game ROM file used by WonderSwan emulators, such as Oswan, OpenEmu, and Higan. It contains an exact copy of the game data dumped from the original WonderSwan game cartridge.

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WonderSwan emulators allow users to play WonderSwan games on a computer as if they were run on the original system. Game data from the original WonderSwan game cartridge is dumped into a WS file, which stores the game data in a format that can be played by a WonderSwan emulator.

WonderSwan is a Japanese handheld video game console created by Bandai. It was released in 1999 as a competitor to Nintendo's Game Boy Color. It was discontinued in 2003. WonderSwan game titles include Buffers Evolution, Beatmania, Final Lap 2000, Gunpey, Harobots, and Puzzle Bobble.

Programs that open WS files

Updated February 7, 2019
File Type 3

1-2-3 Word Search Maker Puzzle File

Developer Variety Games
3.5  |  2 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

File created by 1-2-3 Word Search Maker, a program used for making word search puzzles; stores a word list as well as the alphabetical grid containing the words to find; also stores the solution by highlighting the word list in the puzzle.

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When you have completed designing a word puzzle, you can print it with a standard printer.

NOTE: WS files are saved in a simple text format and can be viewed with any text editor to browse the contents.

Programs that open WS files

Updated July 3, 2012
File Type 4

Whitespace Source Code

Developer Edwin Brady and Chris Morris
3.0  |  2 Votes
Category Developer Files
Format Text

A WS file may also be a program written in the Whitespace programming language. It contains Whitespace source code, which consists of spaces, tabs, and linefeeds (whitespace characters). WS files also often contain comments written using letters, numbers, and other non-whitespace characters.

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Screenshot of a .ws file in Microsoft Visual Studio Code
WS file open in Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Whitespace is a programming language developed by Edwin Brady and Chris Morris. The Whitespace interpreter ignores any non-whitespace characters, so Whitespace programs are written using only spaces, tabs, and linefeeds, which the interpreter reads as either commands or data. Commands are written using preset sequences of spaces, tabs, and linefeeds. Other data is written in binary, using spaces as 0s and tabs as 1s.

While Whitespace is not used for serious development, some developers enjoy developing within the language's limitations and creating fun Whitespace programs. These developers may save their Whitespace programs as WS files.

How to open a WS file

You can open and edit a WS file in any text or source code editor, such as Microsoft Visual Studio Code. Keep in mind that, because Whitespace programs are written using only whitespace characters, your WS file may appear empty. You can run the program a WS file contains using a Whitespace interpreter.

Programs that open WS files

Updated April 12, 2022

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