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SAVE File Extension

Nano Temporary Save Format
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What is SAVE file?

SAVE is a text file associated with Nano text editor available for UNIX systems. SAVE files are saved in user’s current directory as file_name.SAVE or nano.SAVE if it is a draft. SAVE files are generated automatically when user closes given terminal session or a SIGHUP or SIGTERM signal is sent to Nano. Also, SAVE files are created by the system if it runs out of RAM.


UNIX operating system uses terminals to interact with users. Terminal is a purely text-based command line user interface (no GUI). Users can issue commands for the system to run and return results. Terminal can be a remote terminal, which can reserve user session in the event that the connection breaks. Server is responsible for all the tasks issued by the remote user.

Programs which support SAVE file extension

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

Updated: 06/29/2022

How to open file with SAVE extension?

Problems with accessing SAVE may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with SAVE files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with SAVE files.

Step 1. Download and install Doom 3

Install software to open SAVE file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports SAVE files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Doom 3 or one to the listed programs: Wolfenstein, Quake 4, Prey. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support SAVE files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Doom 3 website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of Doom 3 and update if needed

Update software that support file extension SAVEIf you already have Doom 3 installed on your systems and SAVE files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Doom 3 cannot handle files with SAVE may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Doom 3 should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Doom 3 to SAVE files

After installing Doom 3 (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open SAVE files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with SAVE file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the SAVE with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the 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 Doom 3 is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open SAVE files and clicking OK.
Associate software with SAVE file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with SAVE extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • 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 SAVE extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the SAVE is not faulty

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

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

If the SAVE is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the SAVE file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. SAVE file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

Did you receive the SAVE 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 SAVE 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

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Doom 3

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Nano Temporary Save Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with SAVE files affecting older versions of given software.

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