TMP, Temporary File (.tmp)

The TMP Misc file format

Temporary files with the TMP extension are generated by software and programs automatically. Usually, they serve as backup files and store information while a new file is created. Oftentimes, TMP files are created as "invisible" files. Once the new file is created or the program causing its creation is closed, those files are deleted again. Sometimes, however, they are not deleted and remain on the computers hard drive. It is not advised to delete TMP files manually since they can contain crucial information for a currently running program or process.

Technical details of TMP files

TMP files contain raw data. This raw data represents an intermediary step between file conversion or creation. TMP files become redundant if the target file format is created or the program creating the temporary cache file is closed. TMP files are usually created when a program does not have enough memory available to execute a task. Especially programs that deal with large amounts of data like audio or video editing programs oftentimes need to create TMP files.

More information about the TMP file format

File extension .tmp
File category Misc
Associated programs Apple Safari
Microsoft Word 2013
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Useful links More Information about TMP files
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