The File Extensions Database

.BMP File Extension

  • Category: Raster Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .BMP file?

.BMP is Bitmap Image File

A BMP file is an uncompressed raster image comprised of a rectangular grid of pixels. It contains a file header (bitmap identifier, file size, width, height, color options, and bitmap data starting point) and bitmap pixels, each with a different color.

BMP file open in Microsoft Windows Photos 10

BMP files may contain different levels of color depths per pixel, depending on the number of bits per pixel specified in the file header. They may also be stored using a grayscale color scheme.

You can open BMP files using programs bundled with Windows and macOS. In Windows, you can open BMP files in Microsoft Windows Photos. In macOS, you can view BMP files with Apple Preview or Apple Photos.

A large number of image and graphics programs also can be used to open BMP files, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, and ACD Systems Canvas. Many of these programs may also be used to create BMP files.

Programs that open Bitmap Image File
File Viewer Plus
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
Microsoft Paint
Apple Preview
Apple Photos
ACD Systems ACDSee Mac Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive

How to solve problems with BMP files

  • Associate the BMP file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BMP file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BMP files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BMP file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .BMP is Bitmap Image File. Because only the current version supports the latest BMP file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .BMP is Bitmap Image File update.
  • To make sure that your BMP file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.