CR2 File Type

- The quick facts

What are CR2 files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CR2 file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a CR2 file?

CR2 files have multiple uses, and Canon Digital Camera RAW Photo is one of them.

Canon Digital Camera RAW Photo

RAW files are photos captured by digital cameras. The photos are uncompressed and unaltered - no processing has been done on the image as it is saved exactly as the camera lens sees it.

RAW images have the maximum amount of detail, so photographers prefer to work with this format when post-processing the photos. In addition, RAW can easily be edited and converted to other more common image formats.

RAW photos with the CR2 file extension have been taken with a Canon camera.

How to open CR2 files

We have identified 5 CR2 openers that are compatible with this specific type of CR2 file.

Programs that open Canon Digital Camera RAW Photo files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Able RAWerAble RAWerVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopVerified

Last updated: March 19, 2022

All known file formats using extension .CR2

While Canon Digital Camera RAW Photo is a popular type of CR2-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .CR2 extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Poser 3D Character Rigging Data

We know that one CR2 format is Poser 3D Character Rigging Data. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

CR2 opener for Windows

We have identified one CR2 opener that is compatible with this specific type of CR2 file.


Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of CR2 files. Remember, different programs may use CR2 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
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Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted
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Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
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Zoner Photo StudioZoner Photo StudioUser submitted
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