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Informations about the HLSL filename extension and the file formats associated with it

We collected the information you should know about the .hlsl filename on this page. If you were sent a(n) .hlsl file in an e-mail, but you don’t know what to do with it, then you can find help here. We strive to suggest free, open-source applications that are available to everyone for the file formats.

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.hlsl - Microsoft DirectX D3D High Level Shader Language

The HLSL file is a Development file, which is connected to the Microsoft DirectX D3D High Level Shader Language according to our registry. With the adequate settings, the Microsoft DirectX D3D High Level Shader Language (.hlsl) files can be opened or converted with the help of DirectX SDK.

Format description:
HLSL format
DirectX SDK
Magic string:
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Related links:
Related extensions:
Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface
Microsoft DirectX Compressed Texture
Microsoft DirectX D3D Effect
Microsoft DirectX D3D Compiled Pixel Shader
Microsoft DirectX D3D Vertex Shader
Microsoft DirectX D3D Compiled Vertex Shader

Important! Programs other than the ones listed above may also use the .hlsl file extension. Even harmful programs can create files with the .hlsl extension to store data in them. Always be careful with .hlsl files coming from unknown sources. Don’t open executable files that arrived in mails, even if you know the sender.

The .hlsl file can’t be opened on your computer?

If the program necessary for opening the .hlsl file is installed properly on your computer, then the quickest and simplest way to open the .hlsl file is to double-click on the file’s name. If that doesn’t work, then the right software probably isn’t installed on your computer.

While opening the .hlsl file, you may receive an error message from the associated application, this can be caused by the following:

Incorrectly given .hlsl extension

The .hlsl filename extension can be given incorrectly sometimes. The cause of the error could be a mistake or a simple typo. We found the following incorrectly given filename extensions that are the most frequent in the case of .hlsl files.

glsl, hls, lsl

Maybe you’re not even looking for the .hlsl file extension?

It’s possible the the file’s extension was given incorrectly. Below, we list some filename extensions that are similar to the .hlsl extension. It’s possible that the one you’re looking for is among them.

OpenGL Shading Language File
HTTP Live Streaming Video
LightScribe Label
Altium Designer Linker Script

Associated applications

The Windows operating system stores information about the applications associated to the file extensions in the registry database. The associations can be queried or modified in the Command Prompt window with the "assoc" command.

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