I'd like to open an XNB file on Linux.

It should be an XNA Game Studio Express XNA Framework Content Pipeline Binary File.

Any tool to open it? (also for windows which I can emulate on wine)

  • \$\begingroup\$ XNB files are just binary data with a special header that are readen by a game programmed with XNA. Why would you want to open them? And what do you want to do with the contents? \$\endgroup\$
    – r2d2rigo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 20:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've got an XNB file containing some images which I'd like to extract. \$\endgroup\$
    – peoro
    Nov 21, 2010 at 21:06

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The GXView program inside Gametools Suite should do the work, although I haven't tested it myself.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that XNB files are the result of the content pipeline processor. These can be custom made by the creator of a game. Thus there is not a generic XNB filereader. This tool probably implements the formats as supplied with the framework, so it most likely works for png, jpg, etc. \$\endgroup\$
    – Felsir
    Jun 26, 2016 at 16:26

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