Getting to Know What an SPS File Is – What are Its Uses?

The internet and your computer are composed of data, and these data are composed of different files and contents, such as images, videos, texts, and information. These contents are different in nature, which is why it’s important to know what it is so the operating system of your computer will know how to deal with it. And your computer will know what type of file it is by looking at the file name extension. You can find these at the end of every file name, and these are followed by a dot and three to four characters with letters or numbers.

Some examples of a file name extension are .jpeg, .pdf, .mp4, .docx, and many more. But more file extensions are unknown to many of us, such as what is.sps file? SPS files are developed by IBM, and if you have one of these files lying around, you can understand what these are here.

Learning What an SPS File Is

Most SPS files that you find belong to SPSS by IBM. SPS stands for SPSS Program File, and it’s the main file format associated with the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) software developed by IBM. The primary use of SPS files is that SPSS IBM is a predictive application that features advanced computation, extensive data integration, machine learning, and open-source extensibility. These are used as statistic syntax files by SPSS. The plain text in the files is written by the SPSS syntax, making them helpful in giving out significant datasets while performing statistical analysis.


Another meaning for SPS files is SyncBack settings file. SyncBack is a Windows-compatible backup and synchronization, which was developed by 2BrightSparks. They use SPS files to store ZIP-compressed files containing different kinds of program settings such as source, target directories, and backup scheduling frequency. Oracle also uses SPS files to store data package definitions.

How to Open SPS Files & What Programs Can Access It

There are several programs you can use to open an SPS file. The first one is the SPSS IBM, and the second program is 2BrightSparks Syncback. You will need these suitable programs to open the SPS file and gain access to its contents. If you don’t have the proper software, you will see a screen message saying, “How do you want to open this file?” or “Windows cannot open this file.”

Other programs that can open and convert an SPS file are Oracle Database, Quake III, StoneTracker, VAX/VMS, Winamp, and XMLSpy. If you’re trying to open an SPS file now and you have one program listed above, you can right-click on the file and choose “Open With,” then select the specific program available.

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