RIF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a RIF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .RIF files.

What is a RIF file?

The .rif file extension is most commonly used for Painter raster image files. These files are created by the Corel Painter image editing application. The RIF files contain raster graphics, floating objects and other image properties. The RIF file format allows a user to keep the actual image painting separate from the canvas of the image so the canvas can be edited at a later time.

The .rif file extension is also used for Resource Interchange File Format bitmap image files, Rockwell ADPCM format files, FutuRUG encrypted resident information files and MicroTik RouterOS dump files.

How to open RIF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension RIF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different RIF openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension RIF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
UltraISO PremiumUltraISO PremiumUser submitted
Corel PainterCorel PainterUser submitted
Corel Painter EssentialsCorel Painter EssentialsUser submitted
CADSTARCADSTARUser submitted
procreate Painter Classicprocreate Painter ClassicUser submitted
PainterPainterUser submitted
Corel Painter ClassicCorel Painter ClassicUser submitted
MetaCreations Painter ClassicMetaCreations Painter ClassicUser submitted
ImageStream, ISX, FlowSightImageStream, ISX, FlowSightUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with RIF-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 RIF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!