.BMP File Extension

A .BMP file is a Bitmap Image, created by Microsoft.

Open with File Viewer Plus — Get it from Microsoft+. Available for Windows and Mac.

What is a .BMP file?

A .BMP file is a type of image file known as a Bitmap Image. This format was created by Microsoft and is used to store digital images. Unlike some other image formats, BMP files store pictures without any compression. This means that the image is saved exactly as it appears, pixel by pixel, which can result in large file sizes, especially for high-resolution images. BMP files can hold both black-and-white and color images, and they support various levels of color detail, from simple monochrome to full 24-bit color depth, which allows for millions of colors. These files can also contain additional information about the image, known as metadata.

BMP files are quite versatile and can be opened with a wide range of software. On Windows, several programs included with the operating system, such as Microsoft Photos, Windows Photo Viewer, and Microsoft Paint, can open BMP files. Additionally, more advanced image editing software like Adobe Photoshop 2023, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Illustrator 2023, Corel PaintShop Pro 2023, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2023 are also capable of handling BMP files. For those looking for specialized software, Canvas GFX's Canvas X Pro offers another option.

For Mac users, Apple Preview and Apple Photos, both of which come with the operating system, provide support for opening BMP files. Although MacPhun ColorStrokes was mentioned, it's important to note that it has been discontinued.

Besides desktop software, there are also web and mobile options for viewing BMP files. Google Photos and Google Drive offer support across various platforms, including web browsers, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS. This means you can view BMP files on almost any device, from smartphones to tablets to computers.

For Android devices specifically, an app called File Viewer for Android can open BMP files, adding another option for mobile users.

In summary, BMP files are a flexible image format supported by a wide range of software across different platforms, making them easy to view and edit whether you're on a PC, Mac, or mobile device.


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