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file is described as 'standard Unix program for recognizing the type of data contained in a computer file using magic numbers' and is an app. There are eight alternatives to file for Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Mac. The best alternative is TrID. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try TrIDNet or xdg-utils. Other great apps like file are Toolsley File Identifier, FileCHK, JHOVE and DROID.

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file is a standard Unix program for recognizing the type of data contained in a computer file using magic numbers.

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    TrID

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    8 alternatives to TrID 

    Allows to detect file type by recognition of binary signatures. Database with signatures can be downloaded from author site or trained by user with program named TrIDScan(see at author site).

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    TrIDNet

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    7 alternatives to TrIDNet 

    TRIDNet is the GUI version of TrID, probably more practical to use than the CLI version, especially for those not very familiar with the command line prompt.

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    1.  PortableTrIDNet can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      Discontinued

      TrIDNet v1.95 - 26/01/16. As from 2021 Feb it does work fine on Windows 10

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      xdg-utils

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      2 alternatives to xdg-utils 

      Desktop integration utilities.

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      Toolsley File Identifier

      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      7 alternatives to Toolsley File Identifier 

      Identify files based on the libmagic database in your browser. HTML5/JS port of the "file" tool. No downloads, no installation and no uploads!.

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      FileCHK

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      7 alternatives to FileCHK 

      Identify and recover (as much as possible) data lost in CHK files.

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      JHOVE

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      7 alternatives to JHOVE 

      JHOVE is a file format identification, validation and characterisation tool. It is implemented as a Java application and is usable on any Unix, Windows, or OS X platform with appropriate Java installation.

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      1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsJHOVE can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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        DROID

        • FreeOpen Source
        • Mac
        • Windows
        • Linux
        7 alternatives to DROID 

        DROID (Digital Record and Object Identification) is a software tool developed by The National Archives to perform automated batch identification of file formats. Developed by its Digital Preservation Department as part of its broader digital preservation activities, DROID is...

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        HexBrowser

        • FreeProprietary
        • Windows
        7 alternatives to HexBrowser 

        HexBrowser is a tool that identifies file types. It does not care about the file extension, but opens each file to look for signatures so it can determine the exact type of a file. It now recognizes more than 800 different file formats.

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