.NEF File Extension

File Type:
Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image

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

What is a NEF file?

Nef file extension has Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image file type, developed by Nikon, which is associated with the "camera raw files" category.

Typically generated by Nikon digital cameras, the file comes in an uncompressed format. It saves data the way it has been captured. The file may also provide image metadata, such as camera ID, lens, etc. Users can easily edit tone, exposure, hue, and other changes to the image via image-editing software.

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

nef file icon
File Type:
Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image
Camera Raw Files

How to open NEF file?

Double click the nef 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 .nef 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 nef 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 nef 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 NEF 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 nef file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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