GEXF File Extension

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Graph Exchange XML Format
  • Developer
    GEXF Working Group
  • Popularity
    3.2 (4 votes)

What is GEXF file?

Full format name of files that use GEXF extension is Graph Exchange XML Format. Graph Exchange XML Format specification was created by GEXF Working Group. GEXF files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. Files with GEXF extension are categorized as Data Files files. The Data Files subset comprises 1258 various file formats. Users are advised to use Gephi software for managing GEXF files, although 2 other programs can also handle this type of file. Gephi software was developed by, and on its official website you may find more information about GEXF files or the Gephi software program.

Programs which support GEXF file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open GEXF files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with GEXF 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 GEXF file

Windows Windows
Linux Linux

How to open file with GEXF extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening GEXF files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with GEXF files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Gephi software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening GEXF files is that no program that can handle GEXF files is installed on user’s system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Gephi and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Gephi installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Gephi to the latest version

If you already have Gephi installed on your systems and GEXF files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Gephi installed, it may not support GEXF format. The latest version of Gephi should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Graph Exchange XML Format files with Gephi

If you have the latest version of Gephi installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage GEXF on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the GEXF file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Gephi installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open GEXF files box and clicking OK button.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the GEXF file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Gephi and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with GEXF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

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

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

Should it happed that the GEXF 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. GEXF file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the GEXF file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the GEXF file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the GEXF file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

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 Graph Exchange XML Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Gephi

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Graph Exchange XML Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the GEXF files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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