GBW file icon

GBW File Extension

Gerbview Workspace Data Format

What is GBW file?

Full format name of files that use GBW extension is Gerbview Workspace Data Format. Files with GBW extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with GBW extension are categorized as Settings Files files. The Settings Files subset comprises 1290 various file formats. The software recommended for managing GBW files is Gerbview. Software named Gerbview was created by Software Companions. In order to find more detailed information on the software and GBW files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support GBW file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support GBW files. Files with GBW suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support GBW file

Windows Windows

Updated: 03/07/2021

How to open file with GBW extension?

Problems with accessing GBW may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with GBW files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with GBW files.

Step 1. Get the Gerbview

Install software to open GBW file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports GBW files installed on the system. The solution is straightforward, just download and install Gerbview. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Gerbview installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Software Companions website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Gerbview and update if needed

Update software that support file extension GBWIf the problems with opening GBW files still occur even after installing Gerbview, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Gerbview is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Gerbview installed, it may not support GBW format. The most recent version of Gerbview is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open GBW files to Gerbview

After installing Gerbview (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open GBW files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with GBW file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the GBW file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Gerbview installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open GBW files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with GBW file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected GBW 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....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with GBW extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the GBW file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the GBW file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check GBW file for viruses
1. Verify that the GBW in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the GBW file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the GBW file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

If the GBW file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the GBW file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Gerbview Workspace Data Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Gerbview

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

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 Gerbview Workspace Data Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle GBW files.

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the GBW file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on GBW file.

Top File Extensions
Show more
File Extension of the day
ino icon


Inno Setup Script Format

INO file extension is used by files created with Inno Setup – a tool for creating installation packages for Windows applications. INO is a sc...