What Is An AIR File Extension And How To Open .AIR File

Learn what is .air file and different ways to open these files in this tutorial:

Sometimes, your system might not be able to open .air file. In this article, we are going to tell you everything about AIR files, and how to open a .air file or convert them. We will also tell you what to do if you can’t open it.

We have also covered how to open .air files using Universal File Viewer software.

How To Open AIR File

What Is An AIR File


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The .air file extensions are usually used for Adobe AIR applications and are a synonym for Adobe Integrated Runtime. With these files, developers can create Internet applications that can be installed on the desktop of the users and can run across multiple OS.

These files are usually compressed through ZIP before they are installed and are also used for Microsoft Flight Simulator files. These files contain details about a particular model of the aircraft and are used in different flight simulation applications.

The M.U.G.E.N. game engine also uses .air file extension, but as a plain text for storing animation settings. This is how they make a character move and simulates background scene movement along with animating M.U.G.E.N. Sprite files (.SFF).

Automated Image Registration is also called AIR files, and these files are used by Roger P. Woods’ program suite that analyzes volume files.

How To Open AIR File

#1) Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR

Adobe air is a cross-platform runtime system that is used for building desktop and mobile applications.

Opening.AIR file with Adobe AIR:

  • Open a browser and go to the Adobe website
  • Find Adobe Air and click on it.
  • Click on the Download Now button.
  • Download the DMG file for Mac and EXE for Windows.
  • Launch the setup file and click on I Agree to install it.
  • Click Finish to close the setup window after installation is complete.
  • Find the file you want to open and double-click it. It should open automatically.
  • If not, right-click on the file, go to Choose Program and select Adobe AIR.
  • Click Open.

Price: Free

Website: Adobe AIR

#2) Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate

Animate is used for designing animation and vector graphics for interactive projects like television, games, websites, web applications, online videos, etc.

Opening .AIR file with Adobe Animate

  • Open a browser and go to the Adobe website
  • Find Adobe Animate and click on it.
  • Click on the Free Trial or Buy Now button.
  • Download the application and install it.
  • Now go to the file  you want to open
  • Double click on it and it should open.
  • If it doesn’t, right-click on it.
  • Go to choose program open.
  • Double-click on Adobe Animate.
  • It will open.

Price: $20.99/mo

Website: Adobe Animate

Still can’t open an AIR File?

Still Can’t Open .AIR File

Try A Different Program

If Adobe applications are not able to open the file, chances are that you need a different program to open it. Try downloading the following:

  • SeeYou Airspace
  • Automatic Image Registration
  • Align It! Resource

After you have downloaded and installed these programs,

  • Go to the file you want to open
  • Right-click on it
  • Go to Choose Program
  • Navigate to one of these programs
  • Click on it.

The file should open with one of them.

Take A Hint From The File Type

If you are not sure what is the file type of the file you are trying to open, you can look for it in the file itself. Here’s how you can find it:

On Windows

  • Right-click on the file.
  • Select properties.
  • Go to “type of file”

On Mac

  • Right-click on the file.
  • Select “more info”.
  • Go to the Kind section to find the file type.

How To Open AIR File With A Universal File Viewer

Find A Universal File Viewer

There are many universal file viewers that can open the file for you like file viewer plus, universal viewer, free file viewer, etc.

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Steps to open the file with a Universal File Viewer:

  • Download and install a universal file viewer.
  • Go to the file you want to open.
  • Right-click on it and select ‘Choose Program’.
  • Clock in the universal file viewer
  • Click Ok.


  • Launch the universal file viewer.
  • Go to the files option.
  • Select Open.
  • Navigate to the file you want to open.
  • Select the file
  • Click open.

You should be able to view the file.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q #1) How do I run the AIR file?

Answer: You will need Adobe AIR to run an AIR file.

Q #2) I am not able to open .air file. What should I do?

Answer: Find what kind of .air file you are dealing with and then make sure you have the right program for opening the file.

Q #3) Can I use any other program apart from Adobe AIR to open the .air file?

Answer: You can use Adobe Animate or any universal file viewer to view these files as well.

Q #4) I want to convert the AIR file to TXT.

Answer: You can use free file converters online to convert these files into any format you want.

Q #5) What precautions should I take while handling .air files?

Answer: Before doing anything, make a copy of that file. So, if something goes wrong, the original file remains untouched and safe.


You really shouldn’t be playing around with AIR files, as it might result in a glitch in some of the programs on your system. And if you absolutely must open this file, always use Adobe AIR. That is the best program available for opening this kind of file.

If you still can’t open the file, make sure you have the right application, or use a universal file viewer. You can use online file convertors to convert them into other file types and view them. Make sure you always create a copy of the file and do whatever you want with them. This way no programs will get corrupt due to any unwanted changes in the .air file.

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