File Extension Database

Open BMP File

A BMP file extension is one of the most popular image formats out there.

The BMP format is an uncompressed raster image, made up of a rectangular grid of pixels.

This BMP file contains a file header, which in turn contains a bitmap identifier, file size, width, height, color options, and the start point of the bitmap data.

Additionally, the BMP file contains the bitmap pixels, each with a different color.

Importantly, BMP files can contain different levels of color depth per pixel, depending on the number of bits per pixel specified in the file header.

BMP files are so versatile that they can also be stored using a grayscale color scheme.

Open a BMP file

It is possible to open BMP files using native programs, both from Windows, such as macOS and Linux.

A large number of image and graphics programs can also be used to open BMP files:

Typical BMP application file locations:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\Opera.exe "%1"
  • C:\Program Files\Paint.NET\PaintDotNet.exe "%1"
  • %SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Photo Gallery\PhotoViewer.dll"
  • C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Photo Viewer\PhotoViewer.dll", ImageView_Fullscreen %1
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\PictureViewer.exe "%1"
  • "g:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /dde
  • c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe /dde
  • "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /dde
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\WLXPhotoGallery.exe /LaunchPhotoViewer /v "%1"

Typical BMP mime types:

  • image/bmp
  • ImageView_Fullscreen %1

Frequently used application names to open BMP files:

  • Opera
  • Paint.NET
  • Windows Photo Gallery
  • Windows Photo Viewer
  • QuickTime
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0
  • Windows Live

Frequently associated Windows objects:

  • Opera.Image
  • Paint.NET.1
  • Paint.Picture
  • QuickTime.bmp
  • VisualStudio.bmp.10.0
  • VisualStudio.bmp.9.0
  • WindowsLive.PhotoGallery.bmp.14.0

How Can I Open BMP File on Windows

How Can I Open BMP File on Mac OS

How Can I Open BMP File on Android

If you downloaded a BMP file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:

How to Open BMP File on iPhone or iPad

To open BMP File on iOS device follow steps below:

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