Notes Storage Facility (NSF)

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Lotus Notes and Domino use the Notes Storage Facility (NSF) database to store e-mails, appointments, tasks, contacts, notes, etc.

MIME types

  • application/x-lotus-notes
  • application/vnd.lotus-notes

File signature

The NSF has the following file signature: hexadecimal: 1a 00 (which is often followed by: 00 04 00 00)

File types

NSF defines a ODS (on-disk structure) version. One significant change seems to be format revision 22 and later.


The NSF basically contains Notes.


Notes can use various forms of encryption see: Notes from Support: Notes Encryption - Locks for a Digital World.

See also