JPG File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a JPG file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .JPG files.

What is a JPG file?

A .JPG file is a JPEG Image file. The .jpg file extension is used on compressed image files. The JPG/JPEG format is widely used for photographs and Internet graphics.

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

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

How to open JPG 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 JPG for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different JPG openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension JPG

While we know of one file format using the .JPG 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 .JPG file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of JPG files. Remember, different programs may use JPG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
OperaOperaUser submitted
Paint.NETPaint.NETUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
SyncUPSyncUPUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with JPG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with JPG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!