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.BMP File Extension

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.

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Programs that open BMP files
Updated 7/28/2016

About BMP Files

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