How to Use SFV Files

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How to Use SFV Files
SFV files are often used to check data before burning it to a media like CDs and DVDs. ( Images)

SFV, meaning "Simple File Verification," files is a type of checklist file. Programs such as burning applications use them to check the number and names of files to be burnt on media like CDs and DVDs. They are important to this process because they can tell you whether any of the files are a different size than reported, missing or even corrupted. There are a number of programs available for free, or with a free trial, for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy



  1. 1

    Download and install the QuickSFV application. Make sure to download the correct version for your operating system. For example, if you have a 64-bit operating system, download the 64-bit software. This application also works for Linux operating systems.

  2. 2

    Locate an SFV file that you want to use. SFV programs like QuickSFV can be used to verify file data catalogued within SFV files. This step is necessary if you want to ensure that data you burn to a CD or DVD is complete and uncorrupted.

  3. 3

    Right-click the .sfv file. Select "Open with." Navigate to the window to the install path for QuickSFV. Select "QuickSFV.exe" and click "Open." QuickSFV then checks the SFV file and reports any errors. If there are no problems, continue with your burning process.

    Traction SFV Checker

  1. 1

    Download and install SFV Checker, developed by Traction.

  2. 2

    Launch SFV Checker.

  3. 3

    Click "File" and "Add SFV File to List."

  4. 4

    Navigate to the SFV file that you want to use. Select the file and click "Open." SFV Checker then checks all the files indexed in the .sfv file. The program displays the path to each file as well as its size, type, status and checksum. If all of the files display a "Ready" status, proceed with your burn.


  1. 1

    Download and install MacSFV if you are using a Mac-based computer. You need Mac OS X 10.2 or a newer version to run this application.

  2. 2

    Locate the SFV file you want to use.

  3. 3

    Open the SFV file in MacSFV. This application lists the status of the data at the top of the application window. If the files are ready, proceed with your burn.

Tips and warnings

  • To read an .sfv file, you can open it in any text editor.

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