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File TypeWorld File for TIFF

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This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.


TIFF world file used by GIS applications; contains the location, scale, and rotation of a map that is stored as a TIFF image; often used for saving the world location of an aerial satellite photograph; uses the same format as JPEG World files (.JPW).

More Information

TFW files are saved in a plain text format. They store a series of lines that specify the X and Y pixel size, rotational information, and the world coordinates for the top-left corner of the image.

NOTE: TFW world files do not store actual image data, but are typically saved as a separate file alongside a .TIF file.

Programs that open TFW files
ESRI ArcReader
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop
Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper
D&L OziExplorer
ESRI ArcReader
Updated 1/12/2015