.NBT File Extension

Named Binary Tag File

General Information

Title NBT File Extension
Extension .nbt
Full Form Named Binary Tag File
File Type Game Data File
Developer Markus Persson
MIME Type application/x-minecraft-nbt

File Function

Primary Function Store data
Additional Functions Game entities, World information
Features Hierarchical, Binary format

File Characteristics

Quality High efficiency
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes, with tools

Use Cases

Game Modding Yes
Data Storage Yes
Server Maps Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks File corruption
Best Practices Regular backups

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2011
Latest Update Frequent, with game

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .dat, .mca, .schematic

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Minecraft Paid Windows, Mac, Linux
NBTExplorer Free Windows, Mac, Linux
MCEdit Free Windows, Mac, Linux