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How to Read, Edit and Create an NFO or TXT File

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Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 15:19
This is just a guide to know what is the NFO and text file used for and how to Read it and use it.

What is an NFO File?


This is descriptive information about a torrent in text file format usually containing ASCII art code characters and displayed in a fancy or attractive view. ASCII uses numbers, letters and all the symbols on the keyboard to make pictures. The terminal font is used by default.

What is a Readme File?


Similar to the NFO it contains information about a torrent. This is usually just a standard text file. The word "Read me" is used to draw attention to that file before any other in the torrent. A true read me file will contain usually a configuration instruction, installation info, list of files included, Maintainers and credits.

IF the Readme is saying you need to go to another site to download or need an extension then its just a BS fake text file and should be avoided.

Readme file is just a notepad file, this can be opened in notepad or related program.

How to open a an NFO or Readme file?


NFO usually needs a special NFO viewer extension in xml format from Microsoft. For both types you can just use the notepad to open them. Although NFO wont look as it should with notepad.

To open in notepad just right click the file > open with > choose program > Select Wordpad or Notepad.


I tested a program called "GetDiz" and I created an ASCII art from an online generator and saved it as a text file to my pc. And see how it looks before and after with a few changes, It also saves as a Gif image. Save the file as "NFO" extension.

"NFOPad" and "Damn NFO" basic and didn't see anything special with these.

"iNFekt" I used a drag txt and drop and saves as various format types.

"LuJoSoft Movie Nfo Creator V. 2" is great and has alot of functions to making a movie nfo file.

"Cool Beans NFO Creator" which is a neat creator

And here is what the results look like with some of these.

* "Outertech GetDiz"





Changed text color and then saved as GIF:


* "iNFekt"


If you would like an NFO viewer then you can download it, Here are some and from the images above I used.
You can try one of the NFO names for a program to try out that I listed from the official site.

* "DAMN NFO Viewer"

* "Outertech GetDiz"

* "True Human Design NFOPad"

* "iNFekt"

Note: I downloaded these from the official sites and they are all good.

* Other Option:
Alternately you can also use the notepad > format > font and the default font to terminal. Turn off the bold and/or italic style and make sure Word Wrap is off. When you are all done reading the NFO, you can just switch back to your normal notepad settings.

* To Create:
To create an NFO file is also easy, For that you need a creator or the NFO viewers I listed above like GetDiz that showed the images. Also LuJoSoft Movie Nfo Creator V. 2 is a great program. There are programs to convert for you to ASCII formats and you can also just do a simple search on Google for ASCII Art generator and you will get alot of results. You can create designs or convert an Image into ASCII Art and use it for your Info File.

* "Text to ASCII Art Generator"


* Good Creators

* "LuJoSoft Movie Nfo Creator V. 2"


* "Cool Beans NFO Creator"


Your choice to uncheck the shameless plug before finishing your NFO file.
All this does is place a link to the program source.


If you have your own template, you can add it here and also hit the options tab.


I did not add a template, I left it blank.


This is with the automatic built in template design, pretty basic
but play around with it and see what you can make.


Would I use NFO Files?
Well, it depends if it something you like and want to work with to create a more elegant file and also it is handy to create it as an image also. Notepad is what I prefer and thought this might help people wondering what it is and how to use it.

My recommendation for beginners or anyone wanting to get into making NFO files is try one of 3 programs.

Outertech GetDiz

Cool Beans NFO Creator

LujoSoft NFO Creator V2

Here are some Wikipedia Links for more info:



NFO Info

Missing anything, then let me know or comment your ideas below.

Thanks for reading

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