Open TMP File – TMP files are used to store information temporarily. Usually, these files are stored only when the information they contain is needed by the application or operating system. They will be deleted as soon as this information is outdated. The TMP file extension is used by various operating systems, including Mac OS, Windows, and Linux.
TMP files can store various types of information. Often TMP files are only renamed to other types of files. That is the reason why it is often not easy to open a TMP file without knowing exactly what it contains.
TMP files are deleted by the operating system when they are no longer used. But sometimes they can be left on the system and consume disk space.
During installation, some applications use temporary files rather than occupying system hard disk space. This is the main reason why programs need enough disk space to be used for temporary files at certain locations on the computer. When you create a Word document in Windows, a TMP file is automatically created and used by the system.
There is no real threat to temporary files. However, some viruses that are memory residents are often associated with temporary files. Some even create temporary files with the .com and .exe extensions to spread them.
You can open TMP files with a text or hex editor. If the information in the TMP file is in text form, you can see and understand what is stored in it. TMP files can contain initialization or installation information data, as well as other application specific data.
Similar file types
- Swap SWP or SWAP files
- BAK – Back up files
- TEMP – Temporary file