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NIF File Extension

Gamebryo Model Format

What is NIF file?

Full format name of files that use NIF extension is Gamebryo Model Format. Gamebase defined the Gamebryo Model Format format standard. NIF files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. NIF file format, along with 622 other file formats, belongs to the 3D Image Files category. Users are advised to use Gamebase Gamebryo software for managing NIF files, although 6 other programs can also handle this type of file.

Programs which support NIF file extension

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

How to open file with NIF extension?

Being unable to open files with NIF extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with NIF extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with NIF files.

Step 1. Download and install Gamebase Gamebryo

Install software to open NIF file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports NIF files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Gamebase Gamebryo or different compatible program, such as NifTools, GameBryo LightSpeed, NifSkope. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support NIF files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Gamebase Gamebryo installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Gamebase Gamebryo

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problems with opening NIF files still occur even after installing Gamebase Gamebryo, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software.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

Step 3. Associate Gamebryo Model Format files with Gamebase Gamebryo

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

Associate software with NIF file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

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

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected NIF file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Gamebase Gamebryo and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with NIF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the NIF for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the NIF file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check NIF file for viruses
1. The NIF may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the NIF is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the NIF file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. NIF file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the NIF 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. It could happen the the download process of file with NIF 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 Gamebryo Model Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Gamebase Gamebryo

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

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Gamebryo Model Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle NIF files.

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