File Extension Library

.AAE File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: XML

What are .AAE files and how to open them?

Can't open .AAE file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .AAE file.

What is a .AAE file extension?

.AAE file extension is created by Apple. .AAE has been classified as Data Files. The format of .AAE file is XML.

.AAE is Sidecar Image Edit File

An AAE file contains edits made to an image using the Photos app on an iOS device. It is used to transfer non-destructive edits a user has made to .JPG images in iOS to the macOS system. AAE files can be found accompanying the images for which they contain edits.

AAE files are used by iOS 8 and later and OS X 10.10 and later. If you import pictures from an iOS device to Windows, the JPEG images will only get transferred and not the AAE files, which will cause you to lose your edits. Also, AAE files can be deleted without erasing your pictures but any edits made to them will be removed.

The AAE file is referenced by the Photos app when opening the JPG file in which it is associated. The data is saved in an XML format that can be viewed with a text editor such as TextEdit or Notepad.

List of all softwares that can open the Sidecar Image Edit File
Microsoft Notepad
Apple Photos
Apple TextEdit

How to fix problems with .AAE files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .AAE files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .AAE file format
  2. You need to check the .AAE file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)