.CPIO File Extension

File Type:
Unix CPIO Archive

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

What is a CPIO file?

Cpio file extension has Unix CPIO Archive file type, which is associated with the "encoded files" category.

These are file archives that use the combination of the .CPIO format and an uncompressed file container format for saving files. This format is similar to the .TAR archive and allows further compression into the .CPGZ format by adding Gzip compression. You can use the ditto BSD tool to create CPIO files or extract information from them.  

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

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File Type:
Unix CPIO Archive
Encoded Files

How to open CPIO file?

Double click the cpio 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 .cpio 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 cpio 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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This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the cpio 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 CPIO 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 cpio file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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