Files that contain the DMP extension are associated with multiple programs and applications. They include Windows Memory, Amiga, and Mozilla Firefox. DMP files contain data related to the program that created them.
If the file extension DMP is related to Windows Memory, it is a system file type which contains data and logs related to the Windows operating system. DMP stands for Dump and this type of file is automatically created following a program crash or error in the Windows operating system. The data contained in the DMP file is dumped from the memory space for the program that crashed and can often be used for troubleshooting to determine what exactly caused the error or the program to crash.
DMP files associated with Amiga are add-on file types which contain data related to the Amiga emulator. The data emulates the components of Amiga software applications which are used with the Amiga operating system. Amiga is an old operating system built on Motorola 68K with an Amiga chip inside. The computer was a high quality multimedia machine in the mid to late 1980s.
If the DMP file is related to Mozilla Firefox, it is a data file type that contains information related to Firefox functions and activities. When Firefox is finished using this file type, it dumps the files into a cache where they can be deleted to provide more space for other functions.
How to Open DMP Files
If the DMP file is not associated with Amiga and instead is related to Windows Memory or Mozilla Firefox, the files can easily be deleted without causing any problems with the operating system or the functions of Mozilla Firefox. However, when it comes to the operating system, many users choose not to delete the DMP files since they can play a significant role in troubleshooting and determining the exact cause of a system crash or program error.
If the DMP file is created by Windows Memory Dump, you can open and view its contents using the Microsoft Windows Debugging Tool. This tool is available as a free download on the Microsoft download website.
Once you have downloaded and installed the debugging tool, click on Start and then choose All Programs from the menu. Click on Windows Debugging Tool and then choose WinDbg to open the Debugging Utility window. In the window, click on File and then choose Open Dump File from the drop-down menu. Locate the DMP file extension you want to open, then click on the file and choose Open. The Debugging Tool will open the DMP file so you can view the contents to begin troubleshooting the problem.
DMP files associated with Amiga require the Amiga Emulator in order to open this type of DMP file. You can obtain the appropriate program for your operating system by visiting the Amiga Forever website and clicking on the Products tab.
If the DMP file is associated with Mozilla Firefox, you can use any text editing program, such as Notepad or WordPad for Windows, Apple TextEdit for Mac, or gEdit and Nano Editor for the Linux operating system. This will allow you to open and view the contents for this type of DMP file.