DCX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DCX file?

The .dcx file extension is found in files distinguished as multi-page image files that are commonly in line with .pcx files. These files are primarily produced in line with the usage of the image generation software originally developed by ZSoft. PCX or Picture Exchange is the most common image format that can be created using software made by ZSoft. DCX files are divided from the former file extension, PCX is the base of .dcx files.

Normally, Picture Exchange can support up to 16 colors, a pretty low for an image and it doesn't allow flexibility in color distribution, but as being the first format to be compatible with MS-DOS, .pcx is a pioneer before the introduction of .jpeg. DCX is created to support the missing link with .pcx. When an image file is finished, the colors it can be modified and the header can be with more than 16 colors at a time. The colors will not manifest in prints, but with the help of .dcx, they can be adjusted so that the real colors will show. DCX files are frequently used in faxes and image mails.

How to open DCX 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 DCX for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DCX

While we know of one file format using the .DCX 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 .DCX file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of DCX files. Remember, different programs may use DCX 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
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
ImagingImagingUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
STDU ViewerSTDU ViewerUser submitted
Ulead Photo ExplorerUlead Photo ExplorerUser submitted
Ulead Instant ViewerUlead Instant ViewerUser submitted
OmniPage ProOmniPage ProUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DCX-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 DCX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!