Opening BMP files

Did your computer fail to open a BMP file? We explain what BMP files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your BMP files.

What is a BMP file?

The .bmp file extension is given to raster image files, also known as bitmap image files. These non-compressed image files contain a file header and the pixels of the associated bitmap.

The file header contained in the BMP file includes information about the size of the BMP file, the width, the height, the color options of the BMP image as well as information about where the bitmap pixels should be located within the grid.

BMP files can store 2D digital images of varying resolution, height and width. These images can be both color images and monochrome images of various depths.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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