.GIF File Extension

File Type:
Graphical Interchange Format File

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

What is a GIF file?

Gif file extension has Graphical Interchange Format file type, which is associated with the "raster image files" category.

Typically used for web graphics, the image file is capable of storing up to 256 indexed colors. It involves a lossless file format, which helps saving the quality of the image with GIF compression. GIF files are quite similar to .JPEG or .JPG files, except that those support an unlimited number of colors that can be displayed.

GIF files also allow displaying animations. They may provide transparent pixels for blending with a variety of color backgrounds. Still, unlike in .PNG images, the transparency in GIF images can’t be faded.

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

gif file icon
File Type:
Graphical Interchange Format File
Raster Image Files

How to open GIF file?

Double click the gif 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 .gif 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 gif 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 gif 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 GIF 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 gif file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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