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.GIF File Extension

File TypeGraphical Interchange Format 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 GIF file?

A GIF file is an image file often used for web graphics. It may contain up to 256 indexed colors with a color palette that may be a predefined set of colors or may be adapted to the colors in the image. GIF files are saved in a lossless format, meaning the clarity of the image is not compromised with GIF compression.

More Information

GIFs are a common format for web graphics, especially small images and images that contain text, such as navigation buttons. However, JPEG (.JPG) images are better for showing photos because they are not limited in the number of colors they can display.

GIF images can also be animated and saved as "animated GIFs," which are often used to display basic animations on websites. They may also include transparent pixels, which allow them to blend with different color backgrounds. However, pixels in a GIF image must be either fully transparent or fully opaque, so the transparency cannot be faded like a .PNG image.

View the GIF definition.

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Programs that open GIF files
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8
Corel PaintShop Pro X9
ACD Systems Canvas X 2017
ACD Systems ACDSee 20
Laughingbird The Logo Creator
Nuance PaperPort 14
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 5
Other picture viewer or web browser
Apple Preview
Apple Safari
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop Elements 15
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
Laughingbird The Logo Creator
Roxio Toast 15
Other picture viewer or web browser
Other picture viewer or web browser
Google Drive
Google Drive
Google Drive
Updated 3/31/2017

About the file extension gif

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