How to View or Read a nfo format file

You might be aware of the nfo files, these actually are the Info or Information files which have the extension .nfo. These are ASCII or extended ASCII text files, and as the name says they actually have the information in them, like the software release, credit, logo etc. Generally the .nfo files are the highly decorated one and have the ASCII art logos in them.

These files are purely for information purpose, keeping them or deleting them anyhow doesn’t make any impact on the working of the software. There was a time when .nfo files were common, however now we don’t see them that often, but still you find them. Especially if you are much into torrent download kind of stuff, you would have seen them being downloaded along with the other files often and these .nfo files contain the information about the person behind the file upload. You can read more about .nfo files.

Well, generally if you try opening these .nfo files by double clicking the file, system is unable to open them and shows you the system information instead of showing you the contents of the particular .nfo file. Here is a dedicated viewer application for the .nfo files, named as NFO Reader, which is efficient enough to show you all the content within the .nfo file. Simply download the setup (around 300Kbs), install it and launch the NFO Reader. Later use the ‘Open’ button and open a .nfo file, and you will now be able to see the right contents of the particular .nfo file.

How to View or Read a nfo format file

Here is a small video, which shows the working of NFO Reader –

However, in general, if you want you can open the .nfo files using some text editors as well, like Notepad works great, but at times some files don’t open well, and at times are not readable, hence NFO Reader is a great tool as long as you are interested in reading the .nfo files on your system.

Download NFO Reader

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  1. I drag and drop them in Notepad 😀

  2. That is the easiest way to do it, but I faced some issues while opening some of them, but looks like this shouldn’t have issues opening any .nfo file.

  3. Earlier I used to Associate .nfo with Wordpad , it opened them well , as it supported Unicode characters , which Notepads displays as Gibberish :-/

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