What Is the File Extension BUP?

by Mike Smith
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The file extension-the last three letters of a file's name-identify the file to a computer or other device, so the computer can choose the correct program to open the file. A BUP, or .bup, is a backup file.

BUP Files

BUP files are a backup of the information contained on a DVD video. If a computer or DVD player cannot read the primary information on the disc it will attempt to recover the missing data from the BUP file.

IFO Files

BUP files are closely associated with the IFO files they back up. IFO files are responsible for telling the DVD player which screen to display at startup and direct the player to the main content of the disc.


In order for a disc to be DVD-compliant, or playable by standard DVD players, it must contain BUP files.


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Mike Smith began writing in 2007. He wrote for and edited his school's literary magazine and wrote film and music reviews for the school newspaper. He has also been published in "Indianapolis Monthly." Smith graduated from Franklin College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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