The File Extensions Database


.RAW File Extension

  • Category: Camera Raw Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .RAW file?

.RAW is Raw Image Data File

A RAW file is an image generated by digital cameras such as Panasonic, Leica, and Casio cameras. It contains uncompressed, raw image data that can be adjusted for exposure and white balance using software that supports the format. RAW files are used for storing unaltered image data as captured by a digital camera's CCD.

RAW files are used to produce higher quality images since the format stores data captured from a camera's sensor in an uncompressed format. RAW files do not lose data like JPEG files do when they are compressed. However, RAW files can be very large in size because they are not compressed. This is the tradeoff between lower-quality, smaller images and higher-quality, larger images.

NOTE: RAW files may also be created by image generation software, although this is not as common.

Programs that open Raw Image Data File
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
ACD Systems ACDSee 2018
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Google Picasa
RawTherapee
Microsoft Windows Photos
GIMP with UFRaw plug-in
Mac
Apple Preview
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Google Picasa
GIMP with UFRaw plug-in
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Linux
RawTherapee
digiKam
UFRaw
GIMP with UFRaw plug-in
Android
File Viewer for Android
File Type 2 Dolphin Wii and Gamecube Emulator Game Save File
Category: Game Files

Game save file for Wii and Gamecube Memory Card files; contains game save data.

Dolphin is an open source emulator used for running Nintendo Wii and GameCube games on the Windows, Linux and Mac OSX operating systems.

The Dolphin Wii and GameCube consoles emulator uses the RAW file type as a save file for Wii and Gamecube Memory Card files. Although the Dolphin emulator cannot itself open the RAW file type, it can use it as a save for games.

Programs that open Dolphin Wii and Gamecube Emulator Game Save File
Windows
Dolphin
Mac
Dolphin
Linux
Dolphin
File Type 3 Raw Audio Data
Category: Audio Files Format: Binary

Uncompressed PCM (pulse code modulation) signed audio data file; contains raw audio data stored in a binary format; does not contain any header information or use an audio codec.

Programs that open Raw Audio Data
Windows
NCH Switch
NCH WavePad
Adobe Audition CC 2019
Audacity
MAGIX SpectraLayers Pro
FMJ-Software Awave Audio
Mac
NCH Switch
NCH WavePad
Audacity
MAGIX SpectraLayers Pro
Linux
Audacity

How to solve problems with RAW files

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