ELF9 File Extension

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ESRI Floating License
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What is ELF9 file?

ELF9 is a file extension commonly associated with ESRI Floating License files. Esri defined the ESRI Floating License format standard. ELF9 file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. ELF9 file format, along with 3591 other file formats, belongs to the Various Files category. ArcGIS Desktop is by far the most used program for working with ELF9 files. On the official website of Esri developer not only will you find detailed information about theArcGIS Desktop software, but also about ELF9 and other supported file formats.

Programs which support ELF9 file extension

The following listing features ELF9-compatible programs. ELF9 files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support ELF9 file

How to open file with ELF9 extension?

Being unable to open files with ELF9 extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with ELF9 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. Get the ArcGIS Desktop

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening ELF9 files is that no program that can handle ELF9 files is installed on user’s system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install ArcGIS Desktop. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit ArcGIS Desktop website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of ArcGIS Desktop and update if needed

If you already have ArcGIS Desktop installed on your systems and ELF9 files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of ArcGIS Desktop installed, it may not support ELF9 format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using ArcGIS Desktop.

Step 3. Set the default application to open ELF9 files to ArcGIS Desktop

After installing ArcGIS Desktop (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open ELF9 files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the ELF9 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 ArcGIS Desktop is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open ELF9 files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with ELF9 extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select ArcGIS Desktop and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with ELF9 extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the ELF9 for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the ELF9 file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the ELF9 in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the ELF9 is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. ELF9 file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with ELF9 extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the ELF9 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. When downloading the file with ELF9 extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the ESRI Floating License file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run ArcGIS Desktop

If the systems has insufficient resources to open ELF9 files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with ESRI Floating License file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with ELF9 files affecting older versions of given software.

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