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MAKE File Extension

Xcode Makefile Script

What is MAKE file?

Full format name of files that use MAKE extension is Xcode Makefile Script. Xcode Makefile Script format was developed by Apple. Files with MAKE extension may be used by programs distributed for Mac OS, Windows platform. Files with MAKE extension are categorized as Developer Files files. The Developer Files subset comprises 1205 various file formats. Users are advised to use Visual C++ software for managing MAKE files, although 3 other programs can also handle this type of file. Visual C++ software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about MAKE files or the Visual C++ software program.

Programs which support MAKE file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with MAKE files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with MAKE 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 MAKE file

How to open file with MAKE extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MAKE files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Xcode Makefile Script files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Visual C++

Install software to open MAKE file Problems with opening and working with MAKE files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with MAKE files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Visual C++ or different compatible program, such as Text editor, Borland C++, Apple Xcode. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MAKE files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Visual C++ installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Visual C++ to the latest version

Update software that support file extension MAKEIf the problems with opening MAKE files still occur even after installing Visual C++, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Visual C++ is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why MAKE files are not compatible with Visual C++. The most recent version of Visual C++ is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MAKE files to Visual C++

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate MAKE files with latest version of Visual C++ you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with MAKE file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the MAKE file and choose Open with option
  • 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 Visual C++ installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open MAKE files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with MAKE file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with MAKE extension, select 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....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with MAKE extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the MAKE 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 MAKE file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check MAKE file for viruses
1. Check the MAKE file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MAKE file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. MAKE file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the MAKE 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. It could happen the the download process of file with MAKE 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. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Xcode Makefile Script file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Visual C++

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

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Xcode Makefile Script files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with MAKE files affecting older versions of given software.

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