ORIG File Type

- The quick facts

What are ORIG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an ORIG 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 an ORIG file?

Files that use the .orig file extension usually contain backup files. The .orig file extension is used to notate that a file is an original version of the file when a revised or updated copy of the file is made and the original file is kept for backup purposes.

Because a variety of software applications use the .orig file extension, the files themselves can contain a variety of data types. Usually the original file extension is included with the file name when the ORIG file is created. For example, if an ORIG file is being created from a file with the name of document1.doc, the file name would be changed to document1.doc.orig.

ORIG files are commonly used on Linux and Unix operating systems. The files are created when patches and updates are installed on the user's system. This allows a user to roll back the system if the update creates performance issues with the user's computer.

How to open ORIG files

Important: Different programs may use files with the ORIG file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your ORIG file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different ORIG openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: August 26, 2012

Suggest another file format using extension ORIG

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
Corel Photo HouseCorel Photo HouseUser submitted
Multi-EditMulti-EditUser submitted
FinePixViewerFinePixViewerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with ORIG-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 ORIG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!