What are DNG files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a DNG 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 DNG file?
DNG files have multiple uses, and Digital Negative RAW Image File (Adobe) is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Digital Negative RAW Image File (Adobe)
The .dng file extension is used for an image format developed by Adobe Systems, Inc. These DNG files are also known as Adobe Digital Negative files, which are raw images that have been captured with a digital camera or a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera.
These .dng files are based on the Universal Digital Negative Raw file format, which was also created by Adobe Systems, Inc.Digital camera manufacturers and image manipulation software developers can use the DNG file format for their products. This format can allow their products to be capable of more flexible archiving and raw image processing functions. In addition, metadata details and digital camera profiles stored in these .dng files are shared and publicly documented.
The Adobe Photoshop software can be used to open and view the bitmap images that are stored in these .dng files. In addition, other image manipulation programs and graphics authoring applications can be used to open and edit these DNG files.
How to open DNG files
We have identified four DNG openers that are compatible with this specific type of DNG file.
Programs that open Digital Negative RAW Image File (Adobe) files
Last updated: January 16, 2023
More file formats using the DNG extension
Through our research of DNG files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.
- Apple Digital Negative Format
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of DNG files. Remember, different programs may use DNG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Photo Gallery||User submitted|
|Picasa Photo Viewer||Discontinued|
|PhotoPad Image Editor||User submitted|
|Ashampoo Photo Commander||User submitted|
|FastStone Image Viewer||User submitted|
|Zoner Photo Studio||User submitted|
|Corel PaintShop Pro||User submitted|
|RAW Thumbnail Viewer||User submitted|
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