RAW File Type

- The quick facts

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.

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 4 RAW openers that are compatible with this specific type of RAW file.

Programs that open Camera RAW Image files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopVerified
IrfanViewIrfanViewVerified
ACDSeeACDSeeVerified

Last updated: June 29, 2022

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, and we would love to hear from you if you have information about either of them.

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.

WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
MixPadMixPadUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted
Adobe AuditionAdobe AuditionUser submitted