XCF File

What are XCF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XCF 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 an XCF file?

An .XCF file is a GIMP image format file.

Files that contain the .xcf file extension are used to store GIMP project files. These files are created with the GNU Image Manipulation Program, and an XCF file is to GIMP what a PSD file is to Photoshop - an image project file.

The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a freeware image editing software application. XCF files save paths, layers, channels, guides, and the current image selection of the image that is being edited. The image data that is saved in the file is compressed using the simple RLE algorithm. The XCF file format was created by the eXperimental Computing Facility, which consists of a group of students whose goals are aimed at advancing computer sciences.

How to open XCF files

We have identified two XCF openers that are compatible with this specific type of XCF file.

Programs that open GIMP image format files

GIMPGIMPVerified
Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified

Last updated: January 22, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

ImageMagickImageMagickVerified
ImagineImagineUser submitted
GNU Image Manipulation ProgramGNU Image Manipulation ProgramUser submitted
KEYENCE WAVE LOGGERKEYENCE WAVE LOGGERUser submitted
Chasys Draw IESChasys Draw IESUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
XnViewXnViewUser submitted
ispVM ApplicationispVM ApplicationUser submitted
KEYENCE WAVE LOGGER PROKEYENCE WAVE LOGGER PROUser submitted
Photo GalleryPhoto GalleryUser submitted

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