TGA File Type

- The quick facts

What are TGA files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a TGA 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 TGA file?

A .TGA file is a Truevision TARGA Image file.

Files that contain the .tga file extension are raster graphic files using a file format created by Truevision. The TGA file format is used by high-end paint application programs and is commonly used for video game graphics.

While the TGA file format is not as popular as the TIFF and PCX formats, it was one of the first file formats that was able to handle images with up to 16 million unique colors. TGA files are very common due to their versatility and lack of patent.

Truevision, Inc., the company that originally developed this file format, is no longer in existence as it was acquired by Avid Technology.

How to open TGA files

We have identified 9 TGA openers that are compatible with this specific type of TGA file.

Programs that open Truevision TARGA Image files

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension TGA

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
HoneyviewHoneyviewUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
AVS Photo EditorAVS Photo EditorUser submitted
PhotoImpactPhotoImpactUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
FastStone Image ViewerFastStone Image ViewerUser submitted
Ulead Photo ExplorerUlead Photo ExplorerUser submitted