Opening RAW files

Did your computer fail to open a RAW file? We explain what RAW files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your RAW files.

What is a RAW file?

Files that contain the .raw file extension contain 24-bit RGB graphics files. These image files are uncompressed files that contain raw image data.

RAW files are commonly created by digital cameras, allowing the user to edit the image once they transfer the file from the camera to their PC. The file that is migrated to the PC contains the image exactly as it was captured by the camera, without loss of quality and without compression.

The .raw file extension may also be given to RAW audio files. These files contain unprocessed audio files that can be modified and edited on a computer.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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