Having problems opening a GIF file?

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Opening GIF files

Did your computer fail to open a GIF file? We explain what GIF files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your GIF files.

What is a GIF 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.

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About File Extension GIF

File.org aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.

If you have additional information about the GIF file format or software that uses files with the GIF suffix, please do get in touch - we would love hearing from you.