RTF File Type- The quick facts
What are RTF files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a RTF 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 RTF file?
RTF stands for Rich Text Format. This file format was developed by the Microsoft Corporation. RTF files allow different word processing applications to transfer formatted text documents to one another. For example, if a user creates an RTF file in Word and sends that file to another user who does not have the Word word processing application, the recipient will still be able to open the RTF file on his or her computer.
RTF documents can contain a number of text formats including italic, bold and underlined texts as well as a variety of font sizes and text colors. RTF documents are not stored in binary format like many word processing documents. Instead, these files are stored in ASCII format.
How to open RTF files
Important: Different programs may use files with the RTF file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your RTF file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different RTF openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: December 22, 2021
Suggest another file format using extension RTF
While we know of one file format using the .RTF 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 .RTF file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of RTF files. Remember, different programs may use RTF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.