Native File


  • Application files in their original file format. Also used in the context of delivering native file processing.  1
  • A file saved in the format of the original application used to create the file. Dealing with native files can minimize expensive per-page costs for the traditional TIFF and/or PDF processing and will maximize the relevant information available from the file.  2  3
  • The source document, as collected from the source computer or server, before any conversion or processing of the document. 4  5  6
  • A document produced in the format in which it was originally created.


  1. Ibis Consulting, Glossary.
  2. RenewData, Glossary (10/5/2005).
  3. Fenwick & West LLP, FWPS eDiscovery Terminology (11/6/2005). Citing RenewData’s Electronic Evidence Reference Chart
  4. Fios, E-Discovery Glossary 
  5. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  6. RSI, Glossary.
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