.PNG File Extension

File Type:
Portable Network Graphic

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

What is a PNG file?

Png file extension has Portable Network Graphic file type, which is associated with the "raster image files" category.

Image file, which uses the Portable Network Graphic (PNG) format, may store a bitmap of indexed colors. Similarly to .GIF files, the image file employs lossless compression. It is also used for saving graphics for web images.

Images stored in PNG file may use an 8-bit transparency channel. This enables image fading. Unlike GIF image, PNG images do not support animation. Still, there is a similar file format users may employ for that reason, which is the .MNG format.

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

png file icon
File Type:
Portable Network Graphic
Raster Image Files

How to open PNG file?

Double click the png 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 .png 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 png 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 png 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 PNG 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 png file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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