GKS File Extension

GKS file icon
Graphics Kernel System Format
  • Developer
    International Organization for Standardization
  • Popularity
    2.4 (5 votes)

What is GKS file?

Full format name of files that use GKS extension is Graphics Kernel System Format. Graphics Kernel System Format format was developed by International Organization for Standardization. GKS file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. GKS file belongs to the Vector Image Files category just like 129 other filename extensions listed in our database. The most popular program for handling GKS files is MODPATH, but users can choose among 1 different programs that support this file format.

Programs which support GKS file extension

Programs that can handle GKS files are as follows. GKS files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support GKS file

How to open file with GKS extension?

Problems with accessing GKS may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Graphics Kernel System Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install MODPATH software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening GKS files is that no program that can handle GKS files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select MODPATH or one of the recommended programs (for example, GFLASH) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading MODPATH installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

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

If the problems with opening GKS files still occur even after installing MODPATH, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of MODPATH is available. 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 MODPATH installed, it may not support GKS format. The latest version of MODPATH should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign MODPATH to GKS files

After installing MODPATH (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open GKS files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the GKS with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where MODPATH is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open GKS files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected GKS file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select MODPATH and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with GKS extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

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

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper GKS file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. Check the GKS file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the GKS 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. GKS file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic GKS file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with GKS 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

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Graphics Kernel System Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle MODPATH

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

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 Graphics Kernel System Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle GKS files.

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