RLE File

What are RLE files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RLE 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 RLE file?

RLE files have multiple uses, and Run Length Encoded Bitmap is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Run Length Encoded Bitmap

These files are image files that use a lossless compression algorithm to reduce the file size of a bitmap image. A bitmap image is a type of digital image that consists of pixels arranged in a grid, with each pixel representing a specific color.

RLE is a simple compression technique that works by replacing consecutive runs of the same data value with a single value and a count of the number of times that value appears. For example, suppose a bitmap image contains a large area of pixels all the same color. In that case, RLE can compress that area by replacing the individual pixel values with a single value and a count of how many times that value appears. This can significantly reduce the size of the file, making it easier to store and transmit.

RLE is often used for bitmap images that contain large areas of uniform color, such as logos or icons. However, it is not typically used for photographs or other images with a lot of detail, as it can increase the file size in those cases.

How to open RLE files

We have identified two RLE openers that are compatible with this specific type of RLE file.

Programs that open Run Length Encoded Bitmap files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
ACDSeeACDSeeVerified

Last updated: December 27, 2022

More file formats using the RLE extension

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

  • Autodesk Screencast Video (intermediate Format)
  • CompuServe RLE Bitmap
  • Golly Extended RLE
  • Intergraph Raster Bitmap (Run-Length Encoded, 1-bit)
  • Utah Raster Toolkit Bitmap

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

IrfanViewIrfanViewVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
Zoner Photo StudioZoner Photo StudioUser submitted
Adobe PhotoDeluxe Business EditionAdobe PhotoDeluxe Business EditionUser submitted
Adobe ImageReadyAdobe ImageReadyUser submitted
ImagineImagineUser submitted
VuePrintVuePrintUser submitted

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