XCF File - opening and understanding

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

What is an XCF file?

An .XCF file is a GIMP image format file. Files that contain the .xcf file extension are most commonly used to store GIMP image files. These image files are created with the GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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 towards advancing computer sciences.

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

Programs that open these files

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Suggest another file format using extension XCF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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.

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KEYENCE WAVE LOGGERKEYENCE WAVE LOGGERUser submitted
ImageMagickImageMagickUser submitted
John Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IESJohn Paul Chacha's Chasys Draw IESUser submitted
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ProntoEdit ProfessionalProntoEdit ProfessionalUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with XCF-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 XCF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!