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What are ORIG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an ORIG file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your ORIG 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 five different ORIG openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: December 22, 2023

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.

Corel Photo HouseCorel Photo HouseUser submitted
Multi-EditMulti-EditUser submitted
FinePixViewerFinePixViewerUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerDiscontinued
Windows Photo GalleryWindows Photo GalleryDiscontinued

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