.BMP File Extension

File Type:
Bitmap Image File

Having trouble opening .bmp extension? Don't panic! This page explains what bmp files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open bmp files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a BMP file?

Bmp file extension has Bitmap Image file type, which is associated with the "raster image files" category.

Image file consists of a rectangular grid of pixels. The file comes with a header, which includes bitmap identifier, the size of the files, its height and width, bitmap data starting point, etc., as well as bitmap pixels, each of which has a different color.

BMP files can also store various levels of color depths per pixel, and may be saved by employing a grayscale color scheme.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

bmp file icon
File Type:
Bitmap Image File
Raster Image Files

How to open BMP file?

Double click the bmp file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .bmp extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the bmp extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the bmp file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open BMP files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the bmp file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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