.TAB File Extension

There are 3 file types use the .TAB file extension:

  1. MapInfo TAB File
  2. Guitar Tablature File
  3. Tab Separated Data File

1. MapInfo TAB File

MapInfo TAB File
  • Developer Pitney Bowes Software
  • Popularity
    3.6 (29 votes)
  • Category GIS Files
  • Format Text

GIS file saved by MapInfo, a desktop mapping program now owned by Pitney Bowes Software; saved using ASCII text and can contain references to spatial data files used for visualization as well as spatial data itself.

TAB files are commonly used for storing geographical maps containing political boundaries, roads, water features, and other topological objects of interest.

Software's name License Platforms
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop Commercial Windows
GDAL GDAL Open Source LinuxMacWindows
Golden Software Didger Golden Software Didger Free Trial Windows
Golden Software Surfer Golden Software Surfer Commercial Windows
Pitney Bowes MapInfo Pitney Bowes MapInfo Paid Windows

Updated: March 23, 2012

2. Guitar Tablature File

Guitar Tablature File
  • Developer N/A
  • Popularity
    3.5 (10 votes)
  • Category Text Files
  • Format Text

Text file containing song lyrics and guitar tabs; typically a standard text file, but has the TAB extension to indicate it contains guitar tabs.

Software's name License Platforms
Any text editor Any text editor AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindowsWindows Phone

Updated: May 1, 2013

3. Tab Separated Data File

Tab Separated Data File
  • Developer N/A
  • Popularity
    3.5 (14 votes)
  • Category Text Files
  • Format Text

Text file that contains a table of data in which columns are separated by tabs; can be imported by most spreadsheet programs, which will format the data into cells.

More often seen with a .TSV extension.

Software's name License Platforms
Any text editor Any text editor AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindowsWindows Phone
Google Sheets Google Sheets Freeware AndroidChrome OSiOSWeb
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel Commercial MacWindows

Updated: January 23, 2009

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