Opening VBA files

Have a problem opening a .VBA file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what VBA files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .VBA file type?

In Windows, the .vba extension is most frequently associated with the legacy Microsoft (MS) Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Project file type. A simplified version of Visual Basic (VB), VBA is an interpreted scripting language and a runtime environment by MS. VBA was used as a scripting platform mainly in MS Office and other (both MS and third-party) applications.

A .vba file is a binary container file with all components (modules, user forms etc.) of a VBA project. Within MS Office, VBA projects would normally be embedded into the respective MS Office document types as 'macros' (scripts) although they could also be exported as .vba files.

Generally, VBA project files should be opened with the same VBA-supporting applications that were used to create them. Alternatively, one can try to open a .vba file with one of VBA editing tools earlier provided by MS.

In connection with Vim—a cult text editing environment in the Unix/Linux world—"vba" stands for "Vimball", and the .vba extension is conventionally used to label 'vimball' plugin archives. Vim relies on plugins heavily, and the vimball (VBA) file format/type allows to make and distribute single-file plugin packages.

A 'vimball' .vba file is a compressed archive that contains a Vim plugin and an installation script to make sure that contents of a .vba package (the actual .vim plugin along with .txt documentation etc.) are installed to their proper destinations. To be installed, a .vba plugin package must be given as an argument to the vim command in a special syntax (or installed with simpler GUI tools in a GUI-version of Vim).

Software to open or convert VBA files

You can open VBA files with the following programs: 

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