File Extension Library

.IMG File Extension

  • Category: Disk Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .IMG file?

.IMG file extension has been classified as Disk Image Files. The format of .IMG file is Binary

.IMG is Disc Image Data File

An IMG file is a disc image file created by various disc imaging applications, such as HH Software Virtual CD. It stores an exact copy of the data on a CD or DVD and is used for backups and burning new discs.

IMG files created by different disc imaging programs may use different formats. Therefore, you should check the compatibility before using IMG files between programs.

NOTE: IMG files created by CloneCD should be saved in the same directory as the .CCD and .SUB files, which are referenced when burning new CDs. CloneCD is no longer developed.

List of all softwares that can open the Disc Image Data File
H+H Software Virtual CD
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
Smart Projects IsoBuster
EZB Systems UltraISO
File Type 2 Grand Theft Auto Data File
Developer by: Rockstar Games Category: Game Files Format: Binary

Data file used by Grand Theft Auto (GTA) III and IV, a game series where players complete missions in urban city environments; contains various game data, including car and unit graphics, weapons, and other game items; often altered to create custom game content.

IMG files have three different file format versions:

  • GTA III and GTA: Vice City: stored with a separate ".dir" file.
  • GTA: San Andreas: combines the ".img" and ".dir" files into a single archive.
  • GTA IV: supports encrypted game data.
  • GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas use the file gta3.img to save game data. This file type can be "modded" using the program IMG Tool. GTA IV IMG files can be edited using SparkIV or OpenIV.

    List of all softwares that can open the Grand Theft Auto Data File
    Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto 3
    Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto 4
    IMG Tool
    File Type 3 Macintosh Disk Image
    Developer by: Apple Category: Disk Image Files Format: Binary

    Disk image used to mount a file system; can be mounted like a disk drive (e.g., an external hard drive), or an optical disc (e.g., a CD or DVD); stored on the hard drive, but is recognized as a disc or hard disk when mounted by the computer.

    IMG files were used by Mac OS 9 and earlier versions of the Mac OS. They can still be opened on Mac OS X, but they have been replaced by the newer .DMG disk image format.

    NOTE: In some cases, renaming an IMG file's extension from ".img" to ".iso" allows other programs to open the file.

    List of all softwares that can open the Macintosh Disk Image
    Apple Disk Utility
    Roxio Toast 17
    File Type 4 Floppy Disk Image
    Category: Disk Image Files Format: Binary

    Disk image typically of a 3.5" floppy disk, which usually has a 1.44MB capacity; stores the contents of the disk as a single file that can be virtually mounted on a computer instead of from the floppy drive.

    Floppy disk image files are not commonly used anymore since floppy disk drives are no longer included with most new computer systems.

    List of all softwares that can open the Floppy Disk Image
    File Type 5 ERDAS IMAGINE Image File
    Developer by: ERDAS Category: GIS Files Format: Binary

    Raster image created by ERDAS IMAGINE, a geospatial data authoring application; contains one or more layers, called bands, which include multiple image tiles that comprise the image; used to store small to very large geographical datasets.

    IMG files may contain additional information, such as statistics, ground control points, map information, and image metadata. They also support subsampled raster layers, called pyramid layers, for faster screen display within GIS applications.

    IMAGINE images use the ERDAS Hierarchal File Format (HFA) to store raster data.

    List of all softwares that can open the ERDAS IMAGINE Image File
    ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
    File Type 6 Garmin Map File
    Developer by: Garmin Category: GIS Files Format: Binary

    File used by Garmin GPS devices; contains map data, such as street names, navigation routes, and points of interest; used to store and upload user-customized and Garmin pre-installed map data onto Garmin devices.

    File Type 7 GEM Image
    Developer by: Novell Category: Raster Image Files Format: Binary

    Image file saved in the GEM format; contains a bitmap that allows monochrome, gray scale, and color images; originated from Digital Research, which is now owned by Novell.

    GEM files were commonly used on older operating systems, but they are not used frequently any more.

    List of all softwares that can open the GEM Image
    Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018
    Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
    Corel Presentations X9
    Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

    How to Open .IMG file on different platforms

    Open .IMG File on Windows

    • Right-click a .IMG
    • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
    • Select the program that opens .IMG file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .IMG files" Press "Ok"

    Open .IMG File on Mac

    • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .IMG file
    • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
    • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
    • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

    Open .IMG File on Linux

    Right click on the .IMG file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

    Open .IMG File on iPhone

    Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .IMG file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
    Method 2
    Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

    Open .IMG File on Android

    Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
    If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .IMG files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

    How to fix problems with .IMG files

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