WMF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WMF file?

Files that contain the .wmf file extension are most commonly associated with Windows metafiles. These files are stored in a graphic file format and contain a series of drawing operations that are used to create vector images and raster graphics.

The WMF file format was initially created in the 1990's. This particular image format has been widely replaced by more recent and versatile image file formats, including the JPG and GIF file formats.

The Widelands software application has also been known to use the .wmf file extension. These WMF files contain the map files that are used by the Widelands application.

How to open WMF 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 WMF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension WMF

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of WMF files. Remember, different programs may use WMF 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
Corel Graphics ApplicationsCorel Graphics ApplicationsUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
AVS Photo EditorAVS Photo EditorUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
FastStone Image ViewerFastStone Image ViewerUser submitted
Ulead Photo ExplorerUlead Photo ExplorerUser submitted
CorelDRAWCorelDRAWUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WMF-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 WMF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!