GIF File

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

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopVerified
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeVerified
Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft EdgeVerified
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterVerified

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.

QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
SyncUPSyncUPUser submitted
Corel PHOTO-PAINTCorel PHOTO-PAINTUser submitted
Nero Kwik MediaNero Kwik MediaUser submitted
HoneyviewHoneyviewUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted
FireworksFireworksUser submitted

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