RAW File

What are RAW files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RAW 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 RAW file?

RAW files have multiple uses, and Camera RAW Image is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Camera RAW Image

RAW files are photos captured by digital cameras. The photos are uncompressed and unaltered - no processing has been done on the image as it is saved exactly as the camera lens sees it.

RAW images have the largest amount of detail, which is why photographers prefer to use this format. They have maximum detail to work with when post-processing the images, and RAW can easily be edited and converted to other more common image formats.

How to open RAW files

We have identified five RAW openers that are compatible with this specific type of RAW file.

Programs that open Camera RAW Image files

Last updated: January 19, 2023

More file formats using the RAW extension

Through our research of RAW files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • CT Raw Disk Image
  • DCTV Raw Bitmap
  • Helios Raw Disk Image
  • ImageKnife Raw Bitmap
  • KryoFlux Raw Stream
  • PlayStation Pocket Memory Card
  • TkImg RAW Bitmap
  • XL-Paint MAX Bitmap

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of RAW files. Remember, different programs may use RAW 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 ViewerDiscontinued
MixPadMixPadUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted
Adobe AuditionAdobe AuditionUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
WavePadWavePadUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Zoner Photo StudioZoner Photo StudioUser submitted

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