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AIR File Extension

Adobe AIR Installation Package

What is AIR file?

Files with the AIR extension are elements of the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) installation package – an environment created for Internet applications. Files contain all resources and code dedicate for a given application.

Similarities between AIR, EXE and DMG files

Similarly like AIR, the EXE and DMG files are used for purpose of installing Internet applications on user’s computer. However, there is a difference – the AIR files are more universal, because they may be used to install applications in many operating systems and platforms, while the role of EXE and DMG files is limited only to Windows and MacOS systems.

Additional information about AIR files

  1. Before being installed on a computer they usually appear as a compressed archive, usually in ZIP format.
  2. AIR files are usually distributed via Internet – as download files.
  3. The Adobe AIR environment is required in order to install an AIR file.


Windows Vista system may improperly read the AIR extension as it has a blockade of this format included in its registry.

Programs which support AIR file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open AIR files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. AIR files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support AIR file

Updated: 02/08/2024

How to open file with AIR extension?

Being unable to open files with AIR extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Adobe AIR Installation Package files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with AIR files.

Step 1. Get the Adobe AIR

Install software to open AIR file Problems with opening and working with AIR files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with AIR files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Adobe AIR or different compatible program, such as Adobe Flash Professional. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Adobe AIR installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Adobe Systems Incorporated website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Adobe AIR and update if needed

Update software that support file extension AIRIf you already have Adobe AIR installed on your systems and AIR files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Adobe AIR cannot handle files with AIR may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Adobe AIR is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open AIR files to Adobe AIR

After installing Adobe AIR (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open AIR files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with AIR file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the AIR with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Adobe AIR is installed, check the Always use this app to open AIR files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with AIR file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected AIR file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with AIR extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the AIR is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the AIR file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check AIR file for viruses
1. The AIR may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the AIR is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the AIR file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the AIR file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with AIR extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the AIR file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with AIR extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Adobe AIR Installation Package file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Adobe AIR

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with AIR extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Adobe AIR Installation Package files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with AIR files affecting older versions of given software.

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