What is an .nfo file used for?


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A ".nfo" file, sometimes referred to as a "readme" file, is a text-based document that is typically used to convey information about a downloaded package. Unlike an ordinary readme file, a ".nfo" file can sometimes contain elaborate ASCII art. The ".nfo" file extension is an abbreviation of the word "info."

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This type of file is typically included with pirated software and media that is exchanged over file-sharing networks. The ".nfo" file often contains the crack or software serial number that allows the downloader to use the software as a legitimate purchaser, or it credits the person or group who recorded and packaged the included media. Files with this extension can ordinarily be opened using a text reader, such as Notepad; however, dedicated NFO viewing programs are also available.

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