File Extension Library

.GIF File Extension

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

What are .GIF files and how to open them?

Can't open .GIF 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 .GIF file.

What is a .GIF file extension?

.GIF file extension is created by CompuServe. .GIF has been classified as Raster Image Files. The format of .GIF file is Binary.

.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.

List of all softwares that can open the 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 fix problems with .GIF files

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