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Opening gif files

Have a problem opening a .gif file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what gif files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .GIF file type?

The .gif extension associates with the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) introduced by CompuServe in 1989. GIF was the first format specifically designed for network graphics, and it became a de facto industry standard for decades. Strong points of the GIF format are small size, transparency/animation support and universal accessibility.

The GIF format is an 8-bit bitmap palette-based format with a maximum palette width of 256 colors. It employs lossless LZW compression and supports simple cycled animation by storing a series of GIF images in a single .gif file.

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Software to open or convert GIF files

You can open gif files with the following programs: