.JFIF File Extension
File TypeJPEG File Interchange Format
What is a JFIF file?
A JFIF file is a bitmap graphic that uses JPEG compression. It is saved using a variation of the common .JPEG file format, designed to include a minimal amount of data and allow easy exchange across multiple platforms and applications.
The JFIF format defines a number of details that had been left undefined in the initial JPEG format. Defining these details, including a standard header, resolution and aspect ratio, and color model, allowed users to actually save and share files using JPEG compression.
For a long time, many digital cameras saved images in the JFIF format. But over time, additional improvements to the JPEG format rendered the JFIF format mostly obsolete. These days, you are unlikely to encounter a JFIF file.
How do I open a JFIF file?
You can open JFIF files using a variety of Windows and macOS programs, including the Photos and Preview apps bundled with the operating systems. To open a JFIF file in Preview, you may have to drag the file into Preview, rather than attempting to open it through Finder.
You can also open a JFIF file in your web browser by dragging the file into your browser window.