.PROTO File Extension

Protocol Buffers File

An extension defines a field outside a message. Extensions let data be added to messages without breaking older code. There are two reasons to use extensions. First, you can avoid polluting namespaces...

General Information

Title PROTO File Extension
Extension .proto
Full Form Protocol Buffers File
File Type Configuration File
Developer Google
MIME Type text/plain

File Function

Primary Function Define message structure
Additional Functions Data serialization, Interface description
Features Language-neutral, Platform-neutral

File Characteristics

Quality Structured data
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

API Development Yes
Data Exchange Yes
Service Interface Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Improper usage
Best Practices Schema management, Data validation

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2008
Latest Version Proto3

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .pb, .pb.go, .pb.dart

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Google's Protocol Buffers Compiler Free Windows, Mac, Linux
JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Free, Commercial Windows, Mac, Linux
Visual Studio Code Free Windows, Mac, Linux