.JIF File Extension

JPEG Interchange Format Image

Developer Joint Photographic Experts Group
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Category Raster Image Files
Format Binary

What is a JIF file?

A JIF file is a raster graphic saved in the JPEG Interchange Format (JIF). It typically stores digital photos and web graphics, much like .JPG and .JPEG image files. JIF files are compressed with lossy Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) compression to reduce the size of the image.

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Screenshot of a .jif file in Apache OpenOffice Impress 4
JIF file open in Apache OpenOffice Impress 4

JIF files were more common in the 1990s before improved variations of the JPEG format superseded the JIF format. Many Windows and Mac image editors began saving images as JPG and JPEG files, which decreased JIF files' usage.

Images saved in the JPEG format still typically use the .jpeg or .jpg file extension. However, they may also use one of the following extensions instead:

  • .JPE - Alternative to the .jpeg and .jpg extensions.
  • .JFIF - Used for images saved in the JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF), which is a variation of the common JPEG format. It is designed for exchanging a minimal amount of JPEG-encoded data between applications and across computer platforms.
  • .JFI - Three-letter extension alternative to the four-letter .jfif file extension.

How to open a JIF file

You can open a JIF file with many free and commercial image viewing and editing applications, including:

How to convert a JIF file

Various image viewers and editors, including Microsoft Photos, Apple Preview, and Adobe Photoshop, can convert JIF files to other formats.

For example, Microsoft Photos can convert JIF files to the following formats:

  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .TIF, .TIFF - Tagged Image File Format
  • .BMP - Bitmap Image
  • .JXR - JPEG XR Image
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Programs that open JIF files

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Updated July 19, 2022

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