What are JPEG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a JPEG 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 JPEG file?

A .JPEG file is a JPEG bitmap file.

The .jpeg file extension is used on compressed image files. The JPEG file format is widely used for photographs and Internet graphics.

JPEG files are interchangeably referred to as JPG or JPEG images. JPEG is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group, which is the committee that invented the file format.

Many photos and bitmap images are saved in .jpeg format in order to reduce the size of the files. JPEG is a lossy file format, which means that image quality is affected if you compress the image too much. In JPEG, the compression level is variable and usually a setting in the software producing the file.

JPEG files can be opened by a variety of programs as it is a very common file format.

How to open JPEG files

We have identified 9 JPEG openers that are compatible with this specific type of JPEG file.

Programs that open JPEG bitmap files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopVerified
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeVerified
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 JPEG files. Remember, different programs may use JPEG 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
Microsoft Photo EditorMicrosoft Photo EditorUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted

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