A file with the .CFG or The CONFIG file extension is a configuration file used by various programs to store settings that are specific to their software. Multiple configuration files are plain text files, but some data may be stored in an application having a particular format.
Some programs may create a configuration file with the .CONFIG file extension. One example of this is the Web.config file used by Microsoft’s Visual Studio software.
A Wesnoth Markup Language file uses the CFG file extension, too, but as not as the configuration file. These CFG files are the plain text files written in the WML programming language that provides the game content for The Battle for Wesnoth.
The file area for a configuration file is usually appended to the end of a file with the same name. For example, if the data is having settings for the setup.exe, the CONFIG file may be called as setup.exe.config.
On depending the program or operating system that uses the configuration file, it might instead use the CNF or CF file extension in place of CFG. For example, Windows often utilizes INI files for storing preferences, while macOS uses PLIST files.
How to Open a CFG File?
There are a lot of schedule that use a configuration file format for storing the settings. This includes Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Visual Studio, MAME, MacMAME, Bluestacks, Audacity, Celestia, Cal3D, and LightWave, among many others.
The Battle for Wesnoth is a video game that uses the CFG files that are stored in the WML programming language.
Some CFG files are the Citrix Server Connection files that hold the information for making a connection to a Citrix server, like any server port number, username, and password, IP address, etc.
Jewel Quest uses the CFG file extension for storing preferences. It also maybe hold score information and other game-related data.
However, it is highly suspect that any of those applications or games is having an open or import option to view the configuration file. They are instead just referred to by the program so that it can read the data for the instructions on how to act.
There is one exception where the file can be surely opened with the application that uses it is the Web.config file the Visual Studio uses it. The Visual Web Developer program is built-in to the Visual Studio is used to open and edit this CONFIG file.
Most of the CFG and CONFIG files are in a plain text file format that lets you to open them with any of the text editor. As you can see below, here CFG file, used by the GK audio recording or editing program, is 100% plain text:
The above-written program in Windows works just fine for viewing, editing, and even in creating the text-based configuration files like this.
It is significant that you only edit a configuration file if you know what you’re doing. The odds are that you do, considering you are dealing with a record that most people do not even think twice about, but also a small change can make an enduring effect that may be hard to track down should a problem arise.
How to Convert a CFG File?
There probably is not an enormous reason to convert a configuration file to any new format as the program that uses the data needed to remain in the same size, and with having the same name, else it will not know where to look for the preferences and other settings. A CFG file conversion might, thus, result in the program using the default settings or not knowing how to work at all.
Gelatin is a tool that can convert the text files like CFG files to the XML, open JSON file, or YAML. Map Force may work as well.
Any of the text editors can also be used for converting the CFG file if you want the file extension to change, so then you can open it with a different program. For example, you can use a text editor to save a. CFG file too.TXT so that it begins with Notepad by default. However, doing this doesn’t change the format/structure of the file; it will remain in the same format as the original CFG file.