What are GIF files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a GIF 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 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
We have identified 10 GIF openers that are compatible with this specific type of GIF file.
Programs that open Graphical Interchange Format bitmap image files
Last updated: November 30, 2022
Various apps that use files with this extension
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.
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