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Format is related to form and most commonly refer to the shape or dimensions of pages in printing and page layout. Derivatives of that include:

In computing it mostly refers to:

  • File format, particular way that information is encoded for storage in a computer file
    • Document file format, for storing documents on a storage media, especially for use by computer
    • Media file formats, for storing digital media such as video and audio data on a computer system

In music it mostly refers to:

  • The reproduction medium of a recording, such as vinyl, tape, cassette, CD and later on digital download formats or most recently as streaming media
  • The format of a recording can also describe how it is compiled, irrespective of distribution medium, such as album, EP or single

Other uses[edit]

  • Radio format, the overall content broadcast on a radio station
  • TV format, overall concept, premise and branding of a television program
  • Playoff format, competition in sports and games to determine an overall champion


  • Content format, encoded format for converting a specific type of data to displayable information
  • Disk formatting, preparing computer hard disks to store data, destroying any existing contents
    • format, a command-line utility to format disks in many computer operating systems
  • Format (Common Lisp), a programming function for formatting printed output
  • Format (Fortran 66), a programming statement for formatting printed output
  • Format (Algol68), a programming function and type for formatting printed output


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