The File Extensions Database

.GIF File Extension

  • Developer by: CompuServe
  • Category: Raster Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .GIF file?

.GIF is Graphical Interchange Format File

A GIF file is an image file often used for web graphics. It may contain up to 256 indexed colors with a color palette that may be a predefined set of colors or may be adapted to the colors in the image. GIF files are saved in a lossless format, meaning the clarity of the image is not compromised with GIF compression.

GIF file open in Microsoft Windows Photos

GIFs are a common format for web graphics, especially small images and images that contain text, such as navigation buttons. However, JPEG (.JPG) images are better for showing photos because they are not limited in the number of colors they can display.

GIF images can also be animated and saved as "animated GIFs," which are often used to display basic animations on websites. They may also include transparent pixels, which allow them to blend with different color backgrounds. However, pixels in a GIF image must be either fully transparent or fully opaque, so the transparency cannot be faded like a .PNG image.

View the GIF definition.

Programs that open Graphical Interchange Format File
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
Microsoft Paint
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018
Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
ACD Systems ACDSee 2018
Laughingbird The Logo Creator
Nuance PaperPort 14
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6
Apple Preview
Apple Safari
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Laughingbird The Logo Creator
Roxio Toast 17
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive

How to solve problems with GIF files

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