What are XPM files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an XPM 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 XPM file?
An .XPM file is an X PixMap Bitmap file.
The X PixMap (XPM) file format is a bitmap image file commonly used in the X Window System, a type of graphical user interface for Unix-like operating systems. The format was first created in 1989 for the X Window System.
X PixMap (XPM) is considered to be a simple image file format. The format stores images as data in plain text format, which makes it easy to edit and manipulate using various software tools. The data stored in XPMs is composed of ASCII characters and basic color information, making it easy to understand and read even by people with minimal experience in image editing.
The format was originally created to serve the specific purpose of creating simple graphics for the X Window System and it was not intended to be equipped with all the bells and whistles advanced formats offer.
How to open XPM files
We have identified five XPM openers that are compatible with this specific type of XPM file.
Programs that open X PixMap Bitmap files
Last updated: January 22, 2023
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of XPM files. Remember, different programs may use XPM 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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