How many file formats are there?

Aaron A.
Apr 30, 2021

Here’s what I found.

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A file format: A format for encoding information in a file. Each different type of file has a different file format. The file format specifies first whether the file is a binary or ASCII file, and second, how the information is organized.¹


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Aaron A.

a reformed lawyer turned software engineer, in love with the internet.