Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope
readme file

A README file is a text file (commonly readme.txt) containing information for the user about the software program, utility, or game. README files often contain instructions and additional help, and details about patches or updates.


Information contained within a README file is often not included in the full documentation or manual for the software. It is a good idea to read both.


If the readme file does not contain a .txt file extension, the computer may not know how to open the file. Use Notepad or your text editor of choice to open the file.

Example of a readme.txt file

Below is a link to download an example of a readme.txt file. Note: Most browsers open a .txt file in the browser. To save the file to the computer, right-click the link below and choose the Save link as, Save target as, or Save linked content as option.

Download the readme.txt file

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