File Extension Database

Open PNG File

File extension PNG is a file format used to store images. Images in PNG format are stored without quality loss. PNG is the most popular way to store lossless files on the internet. It was specifically designed to enable image transfer on the internet.

To open PNG files you can use any internet browser or graphics editor. Both Window OS and OS X have embedded mechanisms to view PNG files.

PNG files supports grayscale images, palette-based images and full-color non-pallete-based RGB/RGBA images. It also supports transparent images both by a single pixel value and as an alpha channel. PNG compression is typically better than GIF files except for smaller images. JPG can often provide better compression than PNG but significant artifacts could be introduced in images with text or around high contrast areas.

PNG files are an evolutionary response to the GIF format, since the latter had some drawbacks, such as the need for a patent license and its limited color gamut of 256, which did not adapt to the constant improvement of the resolution of images. computer screens. The PNG file format has some important advantages, including that it can be compressed without losing quality. Also, PNG files support up to 16 million colors.

The background of PNG files can be made transparent, which is useful if you want to use your image with a different colored background or place it on top of something.

However, PNG files are usually larger than JPGs.

It's also important to note that a PNG cannot be scaled infinitely, as it is still a pixel file.

But it is a very high-quality file, so it can be used for most applications, especially web-related ones.

Most modern operating systems have native applications to open a PNG file, so to open it you just need to double-click the file.

PNG files use image/png MIME media type.

Every PNG file starts with 8 bytes: 89 50 4E 47 0D 0A 1A 0A. Bytes from 2 to 4 code "PNG" in ASCII format.

Typical PNG 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"
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\WLXPhotoGallery.exe /LaunchPhotoViewer /v "%1"

Typical PNG mime types:

  • image/png
  • ImageView_Fullscreen %1

Frequently used application names to open PNG files:

  • Opera
  • Paint.NET
  • Windows Photo Gallery
  • Windows Photo Viewer
  • QuickTime
  • Windows Live

Frequently associated Windows objects:

  • Opera.Image
  • Paint.NET.1
  • pngfile
  • QuickTime.png
  • WindowsLive.PhotoGallery.png.14.0

Open PNG File on Windows

Open PNG File on Mac OS

Open PNG File on Android

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

Open PNG File on iPhone or iPad

To open PNG File on iOS device follow steps below:

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