TIF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a TIF file?

A .TIF file is a Tagged Image File Format Bitmap file. TIF stands for Tagged Image File. These files are also known as TIFF files, or "Tagged Image File Format" files. The files that contain the .tif file extension contain high-quality graphic images. These files are commonly used to store color images, such as digital photographs, but the TIF file format is also used to store digital faxes and other scanned documents.

TIF files can be saved in their original, uncompressed lossless TIF format or they can be saved in the compressed LZW file format. This format does reduce the size of the TIF file but also results in a loss of image quality.

TIF files can also be converted to the JPEG file format, which also compresses the size of the TIF file, but also has an effect on the quality of the image that the file contains.

How to open TIF 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 TIF for different purposes. We have identified 1 TIF opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of TIF file.

Programs that open these files

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Other file formats using extension .TIF

While Tagged Image File Format Bitmap is a popular type of TIF-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .TIF extension.

The TIF file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a TIF opener may not be able to open all kinds of TIF files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited TIF viewer.

BigTIFF bitmap

BigTIFF files are simply TIFF files capable of storing images greater than 4 Gigabyte in size, which is the file size limit of ordinary TIF/TIFF files.

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

OME-TIFF bitmap

The OME-TIFF format is a bitmap format that is part of the Open Microscopy Environment data model and file format for microscopy image collections.

In OME-TIFF files, the image planes are stored within one multi-page TIFF file, or across multiple TIFF files - whichever is preferred.

An OME-XML metadata block describing the dataset is embedded in each TIFF file's header. This means that you always keep images and metadata together.

Special software compatible with these images is needed to display the meta-data embedded in the images. This is often software specialized for hospital or clinical use.

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of TIF files. Remember, different programs may use TIF 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
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Microsoft Office Document ImagingMicrosoft Office Document ImagingUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
SyncUPSyncUPUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with TIF-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 TIF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!