alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .BMP

File description

The BMP file format is assigned to the raster image type, which is also called as the bitmap image files. Such non-compressed image file format comprises of a file header along with the pixels that are associated with the bitmap image.

The file headers that are a part of the BMP file format comprise of details like BMP file size, the height, the width, BMP image color options and information about where the bitmap pixels should be allocated within the grid. The BMP file format is useful in storing 2D images that are of varying resolution, width and height. Such images are both monochrome images and color images of various depths.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .BMP file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .BMP extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .BMP file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .BMP file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
Raster Image Files
File name: Bitmap Image File
Programs that will open this file:
Ability Photopaint Ability Photopaint
ACDSee Photo Manager ACDSee Photo Manager
Adobe Fireworks Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements Adobe Photoshop Elements
Artweaver Artweaver
Axialis IconWorkshop Axialis IconWorkshop
Creator NXT Pro Creator NXT Pro
Easy-PhotoPrint EX Easy-PhotoPrint EX
FastPictureViewer Professional FastPictureViewer Professional
FastStone Image Viewer FastStone Image Viewer
FormatFactory FormatFactory
Illustrator Extreme Illustrator Extreme
Image viewer Image viewer
IrfanView IrfanView
Janome Digitalizer Pro Janome Digitalizer Pro
Microsoft Expression Design Microsoft Expression Design
OmniPage Ultimate OmniPage Ultimate
Paint.NET Paint.NET
PaintShop Pro PaintShop Pro
PhotoOnWeb PhotoOnWeb
Windows Live Photo Gallery Windows Live Photo Gallery
XnView XnView
Mac OS
Mac OS
Adobe Illustrator Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop
ColorStrokes ColorStrokes
Image viewer Image viewer
Preview Preview
Toast 11 Toast 11
The .BMP file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .BMP extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .BMP file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .BMP file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .BMP file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .BMP file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .BMP file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .BMP file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.