TGA File - opening and understanding

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

What is a TGA 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

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

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

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 viewers for this file format

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.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Paint.NETPaint.NETUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with TGA-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 TGA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!