CFG (Configuration File)

The CFG Settings file format

Configuration and settings information on computers are generally stored in a configuration file. The generic file extension for such preference files is the CFG extension. They are generated automatically my many software applications when changing the settings of said application. Information within the CFG file is typically stored as plain text which allows to open and view the file in a basic text editor. However, it is not advised to make manual changes to CFG files. In some instances, deleting the CFG file reverts the default settings of the associated program.

Technical details of CFG files

Since CFG files are used by many different programs, the files themselves differ as well. Depending on which program created or is using the CFG file, the data inside the file may be saved in a different format. CFG files that contain plain text usually contain data on different lines, comprising of a variable-value pair. CFG files are typically found on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computers. Linux machines typically use files with the CONF extension instead.

More information about the CFG file format

File extension .cfg
File category Settings
Associated programs Apple TextEdit (Mac)
MacroMates TextMate (Mac)
MacVim (Mac)
Microsoft Notepad (Windows)
Microsoft WordPad (Windows)
Notepad2 (Windows)

Other Text Editors
Useful links Further Information On CFG Files
Developer N/A