File Extension EXR

  • Full name
    OpenEXR Image Format
  • Developer
    Industrial Light & Magic
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a EXR file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a EXR file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your EXR file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


EXR files are HDR (High Dynamic Range) image files in the so-called OpenEXR format. This open format published by ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) in 2003 is mainly used in the computer graphics industry. It supports multi-layer images, 16 and 32 bit color depth per pixel as well as different compression types.
Various programs require a plugin depending on their version in order to process EXR files correctly. The free OpenEXR, an official Adobe OpenEXR plugin and the fnord ProEXR plugin are available.

Programs which can open a EXR file

How to open a EXR file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the EXR file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a EXR file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support EXR files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a EXR file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all EXR files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with EXR there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the EXR file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the EXR file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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