[CC] Open almost any file (75+ file types supported) with Free Opener

Have you ever had a problem of not being able to open a file? Try as you must, but you just cannot find a program to open it. Or, maybe you have multiple different programs downloaded to open different types of files. Free Opener, a freeware tool, may be able to solve your problems:

With Free Opener you no longer have to worry about opening files again.

Free Opener works on any Windows based system to help you quickly and easily open PDF files along with 75+ other extensions. It allows users to view, edit and print without having to download specialty software.

– Open files without installing Microsoft Office
– Watch video
– Listen to any sound file
– View your image files
– Open Digital Camera RAW files

Opens 75+ file types on Windows including (but not limited to) PDF, DOC, AVI, DOCX, ZIP, JAR, XML, HTML, SWF, 7Z, PHP, XLSX, MKV, FLV, XLS, JPEG, TXT, PSD, WMV, CR2, PPT, PPTX, CRW, GIF, MSG, NEF, TIFF, JPG, MOV, MP4, LOG, PNG, CS, INI, MPEG, MPG, CSS, MP3, CFG, HTM, BMP, JS, XLSM, WA, ICO, REG, DNG, ARW, MID, ORF, RAF, PEF, RESX, CF2, ERF, MEF, MRW, SR2, X3F.

I tested it on several file-types and it works pretty well. It does not, however, read the subtitles of videos.

Free Opener’s website has not bee don’t rated by WOT yet and the file is too big to be scanned by VirusTotal. However, Softpedia (& Dr. Web) guarantees that Free Opener 1.0 is 100% CLEAN.

Free Opener homepage: http://www.freeopener.com/

Download link: http://www.freeopener.com/freeopener_setup.exe

Softpedia clean gaurantee: http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/Free-Opener-Clean-188377.html

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  • @ Phoenix Fc
    I don’t have the problem you relate with the right-click & 7zip (win XP sp3).

  • Phoenix FC

    There’s at least one important point I haven’t seen anyone mention here outright yet (though maybe this is what Col. Panek was alluding to) – the install EULA says that the program will report anonymized usage stats back to them. I block the attempts with my firewall, but it’s seems strange to me that they want to know what kinds of documents I’m opening, and obviously this means it being free isn’t just someone’s goodwill gesture to the software community – they want this info for some reason (and we have to trust it’s anonymized). Make sure you consider your own stand on this before you breeze through and blindly install the program.

    There’s a second issue I haven’t seen anyone else mention. I’m not entirely sure if it was this program or a different one that created this issue (I installed them around the same time), but shortly after install I was having problems with my right-click context menu in Windows explorer. Right-clicking on a file in some cases showed some blank entries in the context menu along with most of the usual entires, sometimes showed all the regular menu entries but clicking on them wouldn’t work the way they used to, and in some cases removed some of the previously available menu entries altogether.

    That’s more than a little annoying since I can no longer perform functions such as extracting rar files by clicking on 7zip from my right-click menu, or scan a file with SpyBot Search and Destroy or my virus software.

    The strange think is most of the right click entries for files seem to work fine if they’re placed on the desktop, and the right click options also work on directories in Windows Explorer. Right now I’m having to move single files into a temp directory to perform functions I used to just be able to do with a right-click wherever the file was located.

    If anyone else is having this issue please mention it since, as I said, I’m not sure if it was this program or the other that created the issue. I do think it was this one, though, since the other was a giveawayoftheday one and no one else mentioned having this issue with that program despite quite a few reviews there.

  • Dave Dillmont

    @Col. Panek: Amen brother, some of these comments here are just too “excited” about this software. I hope they aren’t “staged”…..

  • You’re welkom all.
    I think we should simply take this software for what it is first : a viewer.
    @ Col. Panek : Windows all – space : 33,3 Mb.- insignificant memory but depends of the type of file you open.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    If it did not require installation, I would be a happy man ?

  • Fish

    How does Free Opener compare with Free File Opener here?


    It can be deployed from Explorer context menu. I only use it every time I encounter a file for which I don’t know what “can opener” exists.

    Demo version is always free with “Save and Print is disabled.” being the only limitation, things I don’t even find need for.

  • Fish
  • Col. Panek

    OK, just to be a wet blanket/party pooper, I’d like to know:
    How well does FreeOpener work vs, single-purpose apps?
    What are the system requirements?
    How much space and memory does it take?
    Who are these guys, and why are they being so nice to us? How are they making their money? (See “privacy policy”).

  • PeterC

    Thanks for this, Jeanjean..a real gem of a program!

    Man, just thinking of the space this could possibly free up on my system makes me very happy..all the more when you keep in mind this is for free!

    Thanks again..


  • Ashraf

    @Bruce Fraser: That is a very good point…

  • Bruce Fraser

    This article quotes the About page of FreeOpener:
    “Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files.”


    That’s quite a claim to make. Of those 75+ files types listed, I wonder how many can FreeOpener edit.

  • haakon

    Thanks!!! I have just installed and are amazed- almost shocked!!! I have not tried it on some of the real “hard to open” file types..but so far I am more than happy!!! :-)

  • digish

    thanks man.

  • Ashraf

    Wow Jeanjean, this is a great find! Thanks for sharing with us all.