File Extension Library

.PNG File Extension

  • Category: Raster Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .PNG file?

.PNG file extension has been classified as Raster Image Files. The format of .PNG file is Binary

.PNG is Portable Network Graphic

A PNG file is an image file stored in the Portable Network Graphic (PNG) format. It contains a bitmap of indexed colors and uses lossless compression, similar to a .GIF file but without copyright limitations. PNG files are commonly used to store graphics for web images.

PNG file open in Microsoft Windows Photos

The PNG format was created in response to limitations with the GIF format, primarily to increase color support and to provide an image format without a patent license. Additionally, while GIF images only support fully opaque or fully transparent pixels, PNG images may include an 8-bit transparency channel, which allows the image colors to fade from opaque to transparent.

PNG images cannot be animated like GIF images. However, the related .MNG format can be animated. PNG images do not provide CMYK color support because they are not intended for use with professional graphics. PNG images are now supported by most Web browsers.

NOTE: Mac OS X 10.4 and later saves screenshots as PNG files. Ubuntu Linux also stores print screen screenshots in the PNG format.

Common PNG Filenames

Screen Shot YYYY-MM-DD at HH.MM.SS PM.png - The name given to screenshots taken in Mac OS X, where a timestamp is included in the filename.

List of all softwares that can open the Portable Network Graphic
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 ACDSee 2018
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6
Other Web browser
Apple Preview
Apple Photos
Apple Safari
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Roxio Toast 17
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Other Web browser
Other Web browser
Google Drive
Pixelmator 2
Microsoft OneDrive
Adobe Photoshop Express
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Adobe Photoshop Express
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive

How to Open .PNG file on different platforms

Open .PNG File on Windows

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

Open .PNG File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .PNG 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 .PNG File on Linux

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

Open .PNG File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .PNG 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 .PNG 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 .PNG files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .PNG files

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