RT File Extension

RT file icon
RealText Streaming Text Format
  • Developer
    RealNetworks
  • Category
  • Popularity
    3.2 (4 votes)

What is RT file?

RT is a file extension commonly associated with RealText Streaming Text Format files. RealText Streaming Text Format format was developed by RealNetworks. Files with RT extension may be used by programs distributed for Linux, Mac OS, Windows platform. RT file format, along with 303 other file formats, belongs to the Web Files category. The most popular program for handling RT files is RealPlayer, but users can choose among 8 different programs that support this file format. Software named RealPlayer was created by RealNetworks, Inc.. In order to find more detailed information on the software and RT files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support RT file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support RT files. RT files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support RT file

How to open file with RT extension?

Being unable to open files with RT extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with RT files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install RealPlayer software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening RT files is that no program that can handle RT files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing RealPlayer or different compatible program, such as VLC media player, NotePad++ text editor. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading RealPlayer installed is by going to developer’s website (RealNetworks, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update RealPlayer to the latest version

If the problems with opening RT files still occur even after installing RealPlayer, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software.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

Step 3. Set the default application to open RT files to RealPlayer

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

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the RT file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where RealPlayer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open RT files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with RT extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select RealPlayer and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with RT extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the RT for errors

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

1. The RT may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the RT 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 RT file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the RT file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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 RT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the RealText Streaming Text Format file.

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

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

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 RealText Streaming Text Format file. It may be the case that the RT files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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