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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.


Uncompressed raster image comprised of a rectangular grid of pixels; 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.

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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.

Program(s) that open .BMP files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Adobe Illustrator CC
Corel PaintShop Pro X8
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
ACD Systems Canvas 15
ACD Systems ACDSee 18
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
Nuance PaperPort 14
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
Other image viewer
Mac OS X LogoMac
Apple Preview
Apple Photos
ACD Systems ACDSee Mac Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Adobe Illustrator CC
Roxio Toast 14
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Other image viewer
Web LogoWeb
Google Drive
iOS LogoiOS
Google Drive
Android LogoAndroid
Google Drive
Updated 8/3/2015