.CGM File Extension

.CGM File Extension

File Type

Computer Graphics Metafile

Developer N/A
Popularity
2.5  |  28 Votes
Category Vector Image Files
Format Text and Binary

What is a CGM file?

A CGM file is an image saved in a vector graphics format designed to support the needs of many graphics applications. It was originally used for clip art libraries, but newer revisions (based on the ISO/IEC 8632 standard) are now commonly used for CAD drawings.

More Information

CGM files are encoded using one of three different methods:

  1. Binary encoding - Standard file encoding that enables software programs to read the file quickly and efficiently.
  2. Character-based encoding - Produces the smallest possible file size, which saves disk space and allows for faster data transfers.
  3. Clear-text encoding - Allows users to read and understand the contents of the file and modify the file using a basic text editor.
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Programs that open CGM files

Updated May 10, 2019

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