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.ichat File Extension

Developer: Apple
File type: iChat Saved Chat Log
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ichat. Files with the file extension .ichat can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ichat files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ichat file?

Like other online chat clients, the Apple iChat also saves conversation histories and chat logs. These iChat Saved Chat Logs are known as ICHAT files wherein these files save chat logs currently opened so that users would have the ability to review what he or she has been discussing with another user in the past. ICHAT files are created simply by choosing File → Save a Copy As; which is found in the iChat application menu. ICHAT files can only be opened and viewed with the Apple iChat application because they are saved in a binary format. This means, they cannot be viewed or edited by a text editor. The Apple iChat application is an Apple Mac OS X instant messaging client that allows users to send and receive instant messages to another user. Since ICHAT files contain conversation history, they are therefore created every time users use this application and converse with another user and the next time users check on these histories, they access ICHAT files.

how to open a .ichat file?

Launch a .ichat file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ichat file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ichat files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ichat file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ichat file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ichat file association errors

applications that open a .ichat file

Apple iChat

Apple iChat

Also known as iChat AV, Apple iChat is an instant messaging software designed for Mac OS X computers. This product of Apple Inc. features instant messaging with the support of iMessage or OSCAR protocol (AIM) and capabilities through audio, video and screen sharing. A local network discussion or interaction with other users through Bonjour protocols is another feature. The interface is Aqua themed with speech bubbles and pictures for a more personal and colorful chat experience. The screen name of a user is shown with icons in green, yellow and red that indicates the status. The first iChat that was released was in 2002 of August which featured Mail and Address Book applications that are integrated, while the last release was iChat 6 that had Yahoo Messegner! account support with voice and video chat included. iChat is no longer available today since February 16th of 2012, but replaced by “Messages” in Mountain Lion (OS X1 10.8).

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ichat files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ichat. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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