Version4(as of 12/23/2021)
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Main Features

  • Support for many image formats and some audio/video formats
  • Plug-in extensibility for obscure formats
  • Slideshow creation capability

Software Overview

Screenshot of IrfanView 4
Screenshot of IrfanView 4

IrfanView is a simple image viewer available for Windows. It allows you to open a wide range of image files, create slideshows, and install plug-ins for additional functionality.

The default version of IrfanView supports many popular image formats, such as JPEG, PNG, Bitmap, and GIF. It can also play some audio and video files, including .WAV and .AVI files. If you want to open additional types of image, audio, and video files in IrfanView, you can do so by installing related plug-ins. (Many of the supported file types listed below are supported via plug-ins.)

In addition to its image viewing and audio and video playback capabilities, IrfanView allows you to create slideshows. The slideshow creation interface is easy to use, making it easy to add images, specify slide settings, add text, and loop music. When you are done, you can save your slideshow as an .EXE or .SCR file or burn it to a CD or DVD.


IrfanView is a lightweight image viewing program that supports a wide variety of image formats. It is also extensible, making it a good option for viewing obscure image formats via plug-ins. But unless you are looking to open an obscure image format, Windows has more capable image viewers, such as Windows' default image viewer, Microsoft Photos.

Primary File Type

jpg icon.JPGJPEG Image

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ACRAmerican College of Radiology File
.ANIWindows Animated Cursor
.AWDArtweaver Document
.BMPBitmap Image
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CLPWindows Clipboard File
.CR2Canon Raw 2 Image
.CR3Canon Raw 3 Image
.CRWCanon Raw CIFF Image File
.CURWindows Cursor Image
.DCXZsoft Multi-Page Paintbrush File
.DDSDirectDraw Surface Image
.DIBDevice-Independent Bitmap Image
.DJVUDjVu Image
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.ECWEnhanced Compression Wavelet Image
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.EXROpenEXR Image
.FITSFlexible Image Transport System File
.FLIFFree Lossless Image Format File
.FLVFlash Video
.FPXFlashPix Bitmap Image File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.HDPHD Photo File
.HDRHigh Dynamic Range Image File
.HEICHigh Efficiency Image Format
.ICLWindows Icon Library File
.ICOIcon File
.IFFInterchange File Format
.JNGJPEG Network Graphic
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MNGMultiple-Image Network Graphic
.MP3MP3 Audio
.PBMPortable Bitmap Image
.PCDKodak Photo CD Image
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File Image
.PGMPortable Gray Map Image
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PPMPortable Pixmap Image
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.PSPPaintShop Pro Image
.RASSun Raster Graphic
.RAWRaw Image Data
.SFFStructured Fax File
.SFWSeattle FilmWorks Image
.SGISilicon Graphics Image
.SUNSun Raster Graphic
.SVGScalable Vector Graphic
.SWFShockwave Flash Movie
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TTFTrueType Font
.TXTPlain Text File
.WADDoom WAD File
.WALQuake 2 Texture
.WBCWebshots Collection File
.WBMPWireless Bitmap Image
.WBZWebshots Download Picture File
.WDPWindows Media Photo File
.WEBPWebP Image
.WMFWindows Metafile
.WMVWindows Media Video
.XBMX BitMap Graphic
.XCFGIMP Image File
.XPMX11 Pixmap Graphic

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AUSun Microsystems Audio File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.M2THDV Video File
.M2TSBlu-ray BDAV Video File
.M2VMPEG-2 Video
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MEDAmiga MED Sound File
.MKVMatroska Video
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.NLMNokia Logo File
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio
.RARealAudio File
.TNLG Phone Image
.TSVideo Transport Stream File
.WEBMWebM Video
.WMAWindows Media Audio
Updated 12/23/2021