How to Open the File Extension IFO

By Chris Hoke

IFO is the extension for a type of file on a DVD that contains information about the DVD menu, startup options, where chapters begin, subtitles and audio tracks. The file itself contains no video or audio data but instead contains instructions that allow the DVD player to locate and process the VOB (Video Object) files on the disc. The extension "IFO" is short for "Information," and while IFO files are not encrypted, a special type of reader software is needed to open and edit them.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection

Step 1

Download the IfoEdit program by going to the Softpedia website (see Resources). The file is compressed. Double-click on the file and extract it (using the Windows file extractor or a third-party file extraction software) to the directory of your choice on your computer.

Step 2

Double-click on the "IfoEdit.exe" file that was extracted in step 1 to start the IfoEdit program. If a security warning message box pops up, click the "Run" button to proceed with opening the program.

Step 3

Place a DVD in your computer's DVD drive. Click on the "Open" button located in the bottom left corner of the IfoEdit program window.

Step 4

Browse to the DVD drive in the "Open" dialog box and double click on the drive. Double-click on the "VIDEO_TS" directory. Click to select an IFO file in the directory and then click the "Open" button.

Step 5

Click the "Save" button, located next to the open button in the program window, after you have finished editing the IFO file. Choose a save location and click the "Save" button in the "Save As" dialog box.