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Wii related file extensions

This is a list of commonly used file types that you may see when softmodding the Wii.
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.001 .002 .003 .... Splitted files Join the with HJSplit 
.7z File created by 7zip. Greater compression than zip Open with 7zip or WinRar 
.app Decrypted System menu File Not usable (unless you need it for themes) 
.bat Windows Batch file. Will automatically perform certain commands. Open with windows. 
.bin Usually your NAND backup or a save file. Save files are used by the System Menu and the NAND is used by Bootmii 
.cfg Configuration file created by a application to maintain settings. Automatically created by applications. 
.cISO A stripped and compressed .ISO file which only contains a game/update partition without garbage data copy to WBFS 
.cmd Command line file. Will automatically perform certain commands. Open using cmd (Start -> Run -> CMD) 
.csm A Custom System Menu File which is basically a theme for the Wii. Install with MyMenuify. 
.dol  A Wii executable file, can come in forms of "main.dol" and "boot.dol", just like an .exe for Windows Load with HBC 
.elf An alternavtive Wii executable file, can come in a form of "boot.elf" Load with HBC 
.exe Windows Executable File Start with Windows. 
.gcm Gamecube Game File Burn on a disc, combine with Multigame ISO Creator, or copy to a hard drive, and play with a backup loader. Also playable with Dolphin emulator. 
.ini Short for initialization. Used for Priiloader hacks and configurations for Apps in general. Hacks.ini -> Place on the SD root and use with Preloader. 
.ISO Disc Image (not picture!) that can most of the time only be booted from a disc (after burning) Burn on a disc or copy to a Hard drive and play with a backup loader. Also playable with Dolphin emulator. 
.mp3 Music file Play with WiiMC or another music player 
.mym A file that has pictures in it (rename to zip to see those). Use mymenu to combine it with the .app of your region (it will generate a .csm) 
.png Picture file usually used for HBC or USB Loaders. Programs will detect it if placed in the correct spot. 
.r00 .r01 .r02 .... Splitted Rar files Put them in the same folder and open the first one with WinRar 
.rar File created by WinRar. Open with 7zip or WinRar 
.txt Usually a readme that contains instructions on how to use the program it came with. Open with Notepad. 
.wad A channel, IOS, or system menu packed into 1 file and can be installed onto a Wii.  Install with Wad Manager or let other programs do stuff with it. 
.wbf1 .wbf2 Splitted .wbfs file (due the 4GB limit of FAT32) Play with Configurable USB Loader or USB Loader GX 
.wbfs A special version of a Wii game that can be loaded from FAT partitions Play the game with Configurable USB Loader or USB Loader GX 
.wdf Wii disc file. This format is only used by Wiimms WBFS tool Open with WWT or WiiJManager 
.xml Organized files which holds information for apps in HBC and PC programs like NUSD Programs will detect it if placed in the correct spot. 
.zip Compressed file to save space Open with WinZip, 7zip or WinRar 
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