.BDF File Extension

MSC Software
File Type:
Bulk Data Input File

Having trouble opening .bdf extension? Don't panic! This page explains what bdf files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open bdf files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a BDF file?

Bdf file extension has Bulk Data Input file type, developed by MSC Software, which is associated with the "data files" category.

Associated with MSC Nastran, the file saves the definitions of bulk data for input into the program for analyzing the strain and stress levels of model structures. It may also contain the number of grids, the name of bulk data, and other info. 
BDF files are also quite similar to both .DAT and .NAS files.


To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

bdf file icon
MSC Software
File Type:
Bulk Data Input File
Data Files

How to open BDF file?

Double click the bdf file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .bdf extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the bdf extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the bdf file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open BDF files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the bdf file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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