The File Extensions Database


.CIL File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Vector Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .CIL file?

.CIL is Clip Gallery Packaged File

Compressed clip art format used by Microsoft Clip Gallery, a program used to manage clip art images for Microsoft Office applications; stores .WMF files and other images in a compressed package; also includes keywords and other metadata.

CIL files are commonly used to share clip art on the Web. They can be downloaded from Microsoft's Clip Art & Media website.

How to solve problems with CIL files

  • Associate the CIL file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CIL file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CIL files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CIL 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 .CIL is Clip Gallery Packaged File. Because only the current version supports the latest CIL file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .CIL is Clip Gallery Packaged File update.
  • To make sure that your CIL file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.