DAT stands for Data, and it is what the file extension DAT refers to. It represents textual or numerical information or any other information that may be important to you. Simply put, a data file stores data in a structured format.
A DAT file is a binary format file that may be used for the temporary storage of data by application software. A DAT file can contain any digital data, including text, images, sound files and video files.
These files typically hold private information used by applications that run on your local computer. They are not meant to be opened independently, unlike other file formats like Avi, MOV, Flv, etc., which can be viewed using media players compatible with these formats.
The filename extension “.DAT” is the default extension used when creating a new data file in some applications and operating systems.
How to open a DAT file?
Since any kind of data can be stored inside a dat file, the applications which can open it vary. If video content is stored then the VLC player or the Windows Media Player can be used to open, if it has text content then Notepadd++ or any other text editor can be used.
Also the game or whichever application created the dat file, it can be used to open it.
Can you convert dat file?
If you are aware what data the dat file or data file contains, then hyou can convert it and try opening it in its original format. If the dat file contains video content then convert it to mp4 and try opening it with Windows media player.
Can dat files contain viruses?
While it is possible to include malware as a file in a dat archive, the likelihood of this being executed is extremely low. While you can theoretically fit any executable file as a member of a dat archive, malicious authors have an easy way to hide inside an image or sound file without the user ever knowing about the hidden content.
The chances of anyone looking for, finding and extracting the hidden executables are doubtful due to many other files in dat archives.