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SYM File Extension

Symbols Format

What is SYM file?

SYM is a file extension commonly associated with Symbols Format files. Files with SYM extension may be used by programs distributed for platform. SYM file format, along with 1205 other file formats, belongs to the Developer Files category. The most popular program for handling SYM files is Eclipse IDE, but users can choose among 12 different programs that support this file format. Eclipse IDE software was developed by The Eclipse Foundation, and on its official website you may find more information about SYM files or the Eclipse IDE software program.

Programs which support SYM file extension

Files with SYM suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with SYM extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening SYM files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Symbols Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with SYM files.

Step 1. Install Eclipse IDE software

Install software to open SYM file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports SYM files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Eclipse IDE or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Windows, SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support SYM files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Eclipse IDE installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit The Eclipse Foundation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Eclipse IDE to the latest version

Update software that support file extension SYMIf you already have Eclipse IDE installed on your systems and SYM files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Eclipse IDE cannot handle files with SYM may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Eclipse IDE is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Eclipse IDE to SYM files

If you have the latest version of Eclipse IDE installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage SYM on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with SYM file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

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

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the SYM file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • 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 SYM extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

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

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

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

If the SYM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the SYM file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the SYM file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic SYM file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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. If the SYM file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

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 Symbols Format file.

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

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

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Symbols 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 SYM files.

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