BIT File Extension

BIT file icon
Xilinx Bitstream Format
  • Developer
    Xilinx
  • Popularity
    4.2 (4 votes)

What is BIT file?

Full format name of files that use BIT extension is Xilinx Bitstream Format. Xilinx Bitstream Format format was developed by Xilinx. BIT files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with BIT extension are categorized as CAD Files files. The CAD Files subset comprises 158 various file formats. The software recommended for managing BIT files is ISE Design Suite. ISE Design Suite software was developed by Xilinx, Inc., and on its official website you may find more information about BIT files or the ISE Design Suite software program.

Programs which support BIT file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support BIT files. Files with BIT extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support BIT file

How to open file with BIT extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening BIT files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with BIT extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install ISE Design Suite

Problems with opening and working with BIT files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with BIT files being present on your machine. To address this issue, go to the ISE Design Suite developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support BIT files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading ISE Design Suite installed is by going to developer’s website (Xilinx, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of ISE Design Suite and update if needed

You still cannot access BIT files although ISE Design Suite is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that ISE Design Suite cannot handle files with BIT may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using ISE Design Suite.

Step 3. Assign ISE Design Suite to BIT files

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

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the BIT file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where ISE Design Suite is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open BIT files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected BIT file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select ISE Design Suite and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with BIT extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the BIT is not faulty

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the BIT file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Verify that the BIT in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the BIT is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the BIT file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the BIT 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. If the BIT file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Xilinx Bitstream Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open ISE Design Suite

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support BIT files. Close all running programs and try opening the BIT file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Xilinx Bitstream Format files. It may be the case that the BIT files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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