File Extension GIF

  • Full name
    Graphics Interchange File Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a GIF 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 GIF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your GIF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The Graphics Interchange Format, which is marked by the extension gif, is suitable for bitmap images and animations. It is one of the early formats and has been used on the World Wide Web from the beginning.

It is particularly suitable for graphics with uniform color areas and clear edges, such as logos or banners. GIF only supports 256 colors and therefore can not reproduce color gradients well. Therefore, the format is not suitable for digital photography or the like.

The 256 colors are in a table and can be chosen freely from the RGB color space. GIF also supports transparency. Due to the low number of colors and the lossless compression, GIF files are usually very small.

A GIF file can also contain an animation or a controlled image sequence.

With a trick, TrueColor GIFs can be generated, ie with full RGB color gamut. However, these are not displayed correctly by some browsers.

There are two versions of GIF 87a and 89a, the former being irrelevant today.

GIF is now obsolete and is increasingly displaced by PNG, JPEG and Flash.

Programs which can open a GIF file

How to open a GIF file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the GIF 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 GIF 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 GIF files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a GIF file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all GIF files.

Other issues

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

- verify that the GIF 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 GIF 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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