GIF File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a GIF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .GIF files.
What is a GIF file?
A .GIF file is a Graphical Interchange Format bitmap image file. GIF files are image files that can be created by a number of different graphics applications. Files with the .gif file extension can contain up to 256 colors. GIF files are often used in web graphics and are commonly used to create graphic text for websites.
While the pixels in a GIF file can be transparent, they must either be fully transparent or fully opaque when creating or editing the image. They cannot be alpha-blended, like with e.g. PNG images.
GIF files are also commonly used for website animations since the images within a GIF file can be animated.
How to open GIF 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 GIF for different purposes. We have identified 9 GIF openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of GIF file.
Programs that open these files
Suggest another file format using extension GIF
While we know of one file format using the .GIF 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 .GIF file.
Various viewers for this file format
These apps are known to open certain types of GIF files. Remember, different programs may use GIF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.