.AEX File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .AEX file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

AEX File Recovery

What is a .AEX file?

An AEX file is a plug-in used by Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, which are professional video-editing applications. It stores content that extends the functionality of the After Effects application, such as support for camera raw files or video filters. AEX files are written in the C/C++ programming language.

What Are Common Causes of ".AEX" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes of ".AEX" files being lost or experiencing failure:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete ".AEX" files while managing their files or folders, leading to their loss.
  2. Software or hardware issues: Issues with the software or hardware components of a computer system can cause ".AEX" files to become corrupted or lost. This can include problems with the operating system, file system errors, or hardware failure.
  3. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect a computer system and cause damage to files, including ".AEX" files. Viruses or malware can corrupt or delete files, making them inaccessible.
  4. Power outages or system crashes: Unexpected power outages or system crashes can interrupt the saving or accessing process of ".AEX" files, resulting in their loss or corruption.
  5. Improper file transfer or storage: If ".AEX" files are not transferred or stored correctly, they can become corrupted or lost. This can occur when files are transferred between devices, copied to external storage devices, or saved in incompatible file formats.
  6. User error: Mistakes made by users, such as accidentally formatting a storage device or performing incorrect operations on ".AEX" files, can lead to their loss or failure.
  7. Software conflicts or compatibility issues: Incompatibility between software applications or conflicts between different versions of software can cause ".AEX" files to become inaccessible or fail.
  8. Physical damage or data loss: Physical damage to storage devices, such as hard drives or memory cards, can result in the loss or corruption of ".AEX" files stored on them.

It is important to regularly back up ".AEX" files and maintain a reliable data recovery system to minimize the risk of losing important data.

How to recover lost ".AEX" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".AEX" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".AEX" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".AEX" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".AEX" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".AEX" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".AEX" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo after Effects Plug-in image file file?

Programs that open ".AEX" files

Adobe After Effects CC 2019 Adobe After Effects CC 2019
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019
Adobe After Effects CC 2019 Adobe After Effects CC 2019
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019

Additional Information

  • File type: After Effects Plug-in

  • File extension: .AEX

  • Developer: Adobe Systems

  • Category: Plugin Files

  • Format: Binary

  • File types that use the extension .AEX:

    • After Effects Plug-in

    • Alpha Five Compiled Global Functions File


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

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Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What is an ".AEX backup" file and how is it created?

    An ".AEX backup" file is a backup file format used by Adobe After Effects software. It contains a copy of the project file with the extension ".aep" along with any associated media files, effects, compositions, and settings.

    To create an ".AEX backup" file, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open Adobe After Effects.
    2. Open the project you want to back up.
    3. Go to the "File" menu and select "Save As".
    4. In the "Save As" dialog box, choose a location to save the backup file.
    5. In the "Format" dropdown menu, select "Adobe After Effects Exchange" (.AEX).
    6. Click "Save" to create the backup file.

    By creating an ".AEX backup" file, you ensure that you have a copy of your project and its associated files in case of any data loss or corruption.

  • How can I restore data from an ".AEX backup" file?

    To restore data from an ".AEX backup" file, you can follow these steps:

    1. Identify the software or application that created the ".AEX backup" file. ".AEX" is not a common backup file extension, so it may be specific to a particular software or application.
    2. Install the software or application that is associated with the ".AEX backup" file. If you already have the software installed, ensure it is up to date.
    3. Open the software or application and look for an option to restore or import data from a backup file. This option is usually found in the settings, preferences, or tools menu. If you are unsure where to find it, consult the software's documentation or support resources.
    4. Select the option to restore or import data, and then browse to locate the ".AEX backup" file on your computer. Click on the file to select it.
    5. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the software or application to complete the restoration process. This may involve selecting specific data or files to restore, choosing a location for the restored data, or confirming the restore operation.
    6. Once the restoration process is complete, verify that the data has been successfully restored by checking the relevant sections or features within the software or application.

    If you are unable to identify the software or application associated with the ".AEX backup" file, you may need to contact the software's support team or consult their documentation for further guidance on restoring data from the backup file.

  • Are there any specific software or tools required to open and access the contents of an ".AEX backup" file?

    Yes, to open and access the contents of an ".AEX backup" file, you would need specific software or tools. ".AEX backup" files are typically associated with Adobe After Effects, a video editing and compositing software. To access the contents of an ".AEX backup" file, you would need to have Adobe After Effects installed on your computer. Once installed, you can open the ".AEX backup" file using Adobe After Effects and access its contents.

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