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.gv File Extension

Developer: AT&T
File type: GRAPHviz Dot File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .gv. Files with the file extension .gv can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .gv files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .gv file?

The GV file extension is used for a Graphviz Dot File developed by AT&T. GV file is a document which includes descriptions about graphs and written using the DOT Language. DOT Language is a simple text graph language that is used to interpret abstract representation of objects that is usually joined by links. These objects are represented by vertices and edges which are called linked pairs. Objects expressed in graphs are also being used in Discreet Mathematics. Different programs have the capability to process DOT files. Among them are fdp, circo, twopi, neato and sfdp. These programs interpret DOT files in GRAPHICAL FORM while programs like dotty, grappa, lefty, GVedit and KGraphEditor give an INTERACTIVE INTERFACE. There are two types of graphs that can be used for DOT language. The first is Undirected graphs which is considered as the simplest and used to describe relations between simple objects. The last one is called Directed graphs which include dependency trees and flowcharts.

how to open a .gv file?

Launch a .gv 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 .gv 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 .gv files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .gv file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .gv file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .gv file association errors

applications that open a .gv file



Graphviz is a free, open-source graph visualization software. The current stable release for Graphviz Windows is Graphviz-2.28.0.msi. Graphviz represents structural data as diagrams of networks and abstract graphs. It has valuable applications in bioinformatics, networking, database and Web design, software engineering, visual interfaces of other technical domains and machine learning. The layout programs of Graphviz can take graph descriptions as simple text language and make useful diagram formats as SVG for Web pages, images and Postscript or PDF for other document inclusions, or it can display graphs through an interactive graph browser. Graphviz also supports GXL format. This software features options for fonts, tabular node layouts, colors, hyperlinks, line styles and Rolland custom shapes among others for its concrete diagrams. DOT format is used for layered or hierarchical drawings of directed graphs. “Spring model’ layouts in NEATO format are the default tools for graphs that are not too large [around 100 nodes]. NEATO aims to perform statistical multidimensional scaling by minimizing global energy function. Spring model layouts similar to NEATO but reduce forces instead of working on energy function use FDP format. SFDP is the multi-scale version of FDP for large graph layouts. TWOPI are radial layouts after Graham Wills 97. Nodes are located in concentric circles with their distance depending on a certain root node. CIRCO are circular layouts after Wiese 02, Kauffman and Six and Tollis 99. This type of layout is apt for multiple cyclic structure diagrams like telecommunications networks.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .gv 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, .gv. 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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