Version4(as of 2/25/2019)
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Main Features

  • Support for a variety of image formats and some audio/video formats
  • Plugin extensibility for obscure formats
  • Slideshow creation capability

Software Overview

IrfanView is a graphic viewing program for Windows. It allows you to open a wide range of image files, create slideshows, and install plugins for additional functionality.

The program supports many popular image formats such as JPEG, PNG, Bitmap, and GIF. It can also play audio and video files, including .WAV, .MP3, and .WMV. The program supports .MOV and .MP4 file playback too, but Apple Quicktime is required. The application can support additional formats through plugins, as well.

In addition to its viewing capabilities, IrfanView allows you to create slideshows. It provides a convenient interface for navigating to your image file location and adding it to your presentation. You can customize your slideshow, by specifying slide settings, adding text, and looping music. When you are done, you can save your slideshow as an .EXE or .SCR file or burn it to a CD.

IrfanView is a lightweight program that supports a wide variety of image formats. It’s extensible, as well, making it a good option for viewing obscure image formats through plugins. But unless you are looking to open an obscure image format, there are more capable image viewers than IrfanView for the Windows platform, such as the bundled Windows Photos.

Primary File Type

jpg icon.JPGJPEG Image

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.BMPBitmap Image
.CGMComputer Graphics Metafile
.CR2Canon Raw Image File
.DCXZsoft Multi-Page Paintbrush File
.DDSDirectDraw Surface Image
.ECWEnhanced Compression Wavelet Image
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.FPXFlashPix Bitmap Image File
.IFFInterchange File Format
.JNGJPEG Network Graphic
.JP2JPEG 2000 Core Image File
.KDCKodak Photo-Enhancer File
.MNGMultiple-image Network Graphic
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MPGMPEG Video File
.PBMPortable Bitmap Image
.PCXPaintbrush Bitmap Image File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.RAWRaw Image Data File
.SRSun Raster Image File
.SUNSun Raster Graphic File
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.TIFTagged Image File
.WDPWindows Media Photo File
.WMVWindows Media Video
.XBMX11 Bitmap Graphic
.XCFGIMP Image File
.XPMX11 Pixmap Graphic

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.JPXJPEG 2000 Image File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP4MPEG-4 Video File
.NLMNokia Logo File
.RARealAudio File
.TNLG Phone Image
Updated 2/25/2019