ANI File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ANI file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ANI files.

What is an ANI file?

Files with the .ani file extension contain animated cursors that are used with Microsoft Windows.

The ANI file contains the images that make up the animated mouse pointer (cursor). The .ani file extension is used for default Windows cursors, but files with the .ani file extension may also contain custom cursors designed by professional or hobby designers.

ANI files are often included with custom Windows desktop themes that users download to customize the "look and feel" of their Windows desktop. For example, a "race car" theme may include an ANI cursor that looks like a race car instead of the standard Windows arrow icon.

How to open ANI files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ANI for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different ANI openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension ANI

While we know of one file format using the .ANI file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .ANI file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of ANI files. Remember, different programs may use ANI files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
IcoFXIcoFXUser submitted
ImagineImagineUser submitted
ALLPlayerALLPlayerUser submitted
John Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IESJohn Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IESUser submitted
IconLoverIconLoverUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo Commander FREEAshampoo Photo Commander FREEUser submitted
AnimatorAnimatorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ANI-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with ANI-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!