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.gsd File Extension

Developer: Profibus and Profinet International
File type: General Station Description File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .gsd. Files with the file extension .gsd can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .gsd files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .gsd file?

The GSD file extension is used for a General Station Description File developed by PROFIBUS & PROFINET. ASCII configuration is used for Process Automation or Decentralized Peripherals devices. Allows creation with the use of the text editor like PROFIBUS GSD and normally includes configuration information and keywords which are separated by line breaks. PROFIBUS is used for FIELD BUS communication. Automation technology was first introduced in 1989 by BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) and also being used by SIEMENS. It echoed a plan to create a master plan called FIELD BUS. Its main focus is to enable the use of a bit-serial field bus that could meet the requirements needed for field devices interface. Bit-serials are bit-serial architectures that send data one bit at a time using only a single wire. It was developed in the 1960’s for DigitalSignal Processing. Two variations are still in use to date namely PROFIBUS PA and PROFIBUS DP wherein the previous operate actuators and sensors while the latter monitors measuring equipment.

how to open a .gsd file?

Launch a .gsd file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .gsd file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .gsd files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .gsd file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .gsd file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .gsd file association errors

applications that open a .gsd file

Profibus GSD Editor

Profibus GSD Editor

GSD Editor developed by Profibus can create and edit GSD (General Station Description) files. Creating GSD files is important for it will stand as ASCII text set up codes that allows network devices such as sensors, controllers, motors and so on to communicate to the users’ systems. Profibus GSD editor can help networking devices or other devices that needs GSD files such as Eurotherm products like process controllers, Remio, T630, Eycon, PC3000 family, MACO, T630 dual loop process controller, 2604 and 2704 multi-loop controllers, 4100 chart recorders, and more. The Eurotherm products can directly connect to Profibus DP networks because of the Profibus GSD Editor. This can perform on windows 32 bit operating systems. Profibus GSD editor version 5.1 minimum hardware requirements are 100 MB HDD space, 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, and Pentium or IBM compatible PC. GSD editors easy to manage interface has editing, checking and creating toolkits.
Omron CX-Profibus

Omron CX-Profibus

Omron CX-Profibus is software that actually stands for Process Fieldbus. The software was developed by Omron and it is known as a popular support tool, supporting a variety of functions in areas such as in engineering, operation, maintenance, commissioning and diagnostics. Profibus is a tool used to enable the devices of different manufacturers to intercommunicate without the need for special interface adaption. It features a communication protocol, defining layers of communications such as the Physical Layer, the data link layer, network layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer and the application layer. The software also has the ability to determine and distinguish types of device such as master device or slave device types. The main component of the Omron CX profibus is the Device Catalogue that maintains a list of the DTM and GST files installed, provides convenience when it comes to list sorting and categorizing, allows list updates as well as provides selected DTM detailed information.


The Notepad2 application is a more advanced text editor for Windows developed by Florian Balmer. This program originated from the original built-in Microsoft Notepad which is why it is also effective and fast even when it is small. Notepad2 also has a lot of features such as syntax highlighting that allows a text or a source code to be displayed using different fonts and colors. This syntax highlighting feature of notepad2 allows users to write programming language easily and distinctly. This amazing function of Notepad2 is also owing to several other features it possess such as auto indentation, regular and expression-based find and replace feature, bracket matching, newline conversion, encoding conversion as well as multiple undo and redo features. These features make the function of the simple Notepad more advanced and it makes Notepad more interesting to use either to open files in .txt format or to write HTML codes. Notepad2 also supports many programming languages such as ASP, C++, Perl, Java, etc.
Microsoft Notepad

Microsoft Notepad

Notepad is a basic text editor used to create plain documents. It is commonly used to view or edit text (.txt) files, and a simple tool for creating Web pages, and supports only the basic formatting in HTML documents. It also has a simple built-in logging function. Each time a file that initializes with .log is opened, the program inserts a text timestamp on the last line of the file. It accepts text from the Windows clipboard. This is helpful in stripping embedded font type and style codes from formatted text, such as when copying text from a Web page and pasting into an email message or other “What You See Is What You Get” text editor. The formatted text is temporarily pasted into Notepad, and then immediately copied again in stripped format to be pasted into the other program. Simple text editors like Notepad may be utilized to change text with markup, such as HTML. Early versions of Notepad offered only the most basic functions, such as finding text. Newer versions of Windows include an updated version of Notepad with a search and replace function (Ctrl + H), as well as Ctrl + F for search and similar keyboard shortcuts. It makes use of a built-in window class named edit. In older versions such as Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows 3.1, there is a 64k limit on the size of the file being edited, an operating system limit of the EDIT class.
Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works is incorporated package software that was developed by Microsoft. It is less expensive, smaller, and has fewer features than Microsoft Office or other office suites. Its central functionality includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system. Newer versions have a calendar application and a dictionary while older versions included a terminal emulator. Files with WPS extension is utilized for output files of the Microsoft Works word processing application. These files are classified as text documents that can be created, saved, viewed and edited using the Microsoft Works program. Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Publisher 2010, Planamesa NeoOffice, and OxygenOffice Professional are some of the applications that are able to open and view the content of these WPS files. The contents of these WPS files can also be exported to other compatible word document formats. This promotes convenience and efficient document presentation, group collaboration and sharing between users of different systems and word processing applications; however, WPS document cannot be applied with macros and other formatting options available in Microsoft Word; so Microsoft discontinued support and development of the Microsoft Works application with its version 9 and the release of Microsoft Word 2010.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .gsd files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .gsd. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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