.keystore is stored in a binary jks format JKS (Java Key Store) similar to PKCS #12 containing both public and private keys, protected by a passphrase. The first four signature bytes of a Sun .keystore file in hex are FEEDFEED.
Make sure you back up your .keystore files especially when upgrading your OS (Operating System) or Java. Otherwise you will lose your code signing certificates.
Usually the .keystore file is stored in Sun JKS format, but keytool.exe is capable of dealing with other formats as well. Here is how to find out what other formats
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