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Details of extension .bw

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .bw file?
  • Which program can create the .bw file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .bw format?
  • What can convert .bw files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .bw extension?
SGI Black and White Image .bw file icon

SGI Black and White Image

BW file is an SGI Black and White Image. SGI is a native raster graphics file format for Silicon Graphics workstations. On SGI systems, SGI image files end with the extension BW if they are B/W images.
Category: Graphic files
Application: XnView
Program name: -
Mime-type: image/x-sgi
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
Related extensions:
Art Image
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Windows Bitmap Image
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Computer Graphics Metafile
Corel Photo-Paint Image
Windows Custom Cursor
Dr. Halo Bitmap Image

Other types of files may also use the .bw file extension. If you have helpful information about .bw extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

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Scifer External Header Archive
FIFA 2000 Game Data
Volkswriter Text Document
General Firmware File
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Lightscape View File
SEZ Online Bill of Entry Document
SmartWare Custom View File

The .bw filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

gw (11), ba (1), nw (1), bs (1), bd (1), vw (1), hw (1), fw (1), be (1)

Can't open a .bw file?

If you want to open a .bw file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .bw association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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