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.BMP File Extension

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File TypeBitmap Image File

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CategoryRaster Image Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a BMP file?

A BMP file is an uncompressed raster image comprised of a rectangular grid of pixels. It contains a file header (bitmap identifier, file size, width, height, color options, and bitmap data starting point) and bitmap pixels, each with a different color.

More Information

BMP files may contain different levels of color depths per pixel, depending on the number of bits per pixel specified in the file header. They may also be stored using a grayscale color scheme.

Programs that open BMP files
File Viewer Plus
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Corel PaintShop Pro X8
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
ACD Systems Canvas 15
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
Other image viewer
Apple Preview
Apple Photos
ACD Systems ACDSee Mac Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Other image viewer
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive
Updated 7/28/2016