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.PNG File Extension

File TypePortable Network Graphic

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CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

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

What is a PNG file?

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.

More Information

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.

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Programs that open PNG files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
Microsoft Paint
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8
Corel PaintShop Pro X9
ACD Systems ACDSee 19
ACD Systems Canvas X 16
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 5
Other picture viewer
Other Web browser
Mac
Apple Preview
Apple Photos
Apple Safari
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
Roxio Toast 15
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Other picture viewer
Other Web browser
Linux
GIMP
Other picture viewer
Other Web browser
Web
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
iOS
Google Drive
Pixelmator 2
Microsoft OneDrive
Adobe Photoshop Express
Android
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Adobe Photoshop Express
Updated 7/14/2016

.PNG Extension Information

This page contains information about the file extension PNG and its known file associations. Our goal is to help you understand what a *.png file is and how to open it.

The Portable Network Graphic file type, file format description, and programs listed on this page have been individually researched and verified by the FileInfo team. We strive for 100% accuracy and do not publish any information we have not verified.

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