Filename Extensions
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Details of extension .gif

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

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .gif file?
  • Which program can create the .gif file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .gif format?
  • What can convert .gif files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .gif extension?
CompuServe Bitmap Image .gif file icon

CompuServe Bitmap Image

The GIF file is a CompuServe Bitmap Image. Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a bitmap image format that is widely used on the World Wide Web, both for still images and for animations.
Category: Graphic files
Application: XnView
Program name: -
Mime-type: image/gif
Magic bytes (HEX): 0x47, 0x49, 0x46, 0x38
Magic string (ASCII): GIF8
Related extensions:
Art Image
AT&T Group 4 Bitmap Image
Windows Bitmap Image
CALS Compressed Bitmap
CorelDraw Drawing
Computer Graphics Metafile
Corel Photo-Paint Image
Windows Custom Cursor
Dr. Halo Bitmap Image

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

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

Novell GroupWise Initialization File
Genuine Fractals Image FIF
Grammatical Framework Source
Genigraphics Graphics Link Presentation
Roxio Recordnow! CD Image
Graph-in-the-Box Chart
Bioware Aurora Game Instance Comments
FRAMES Global Input Data File
Tascam Gigastudio Instrument

The .gif filename extension is often given incorrectly!

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

fif (1), if (1), gof (1), gkf (1), git (1), gig (1), gic (1), vif (1), gi (1), rif (1), gf (1), igf (1), bif (1), hif (1), glf (1)

Can't open a .gif file?

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

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.gif

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