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format file bmp

What is a bmp file and how do I open a bmp file?

A BMP file is a compressed raster image comprised of a rectangular grid of pixels. It contains a file header and bitmap pixels, each with a different colour. BMP files may contain different levels of colour depths per pixel, depending on the number of bits per pixel specified in the file header. They may also be stored using Grayscale gradients unto the pixels of a BMP file, and these BMP files can be exported unto more widely used digital image file formats with smaller size for optimal portability. The BMP file format is capable of storing 2D digital images of arbitrary width, height, and resolution.


Launch a BMP file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your BMP file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but BMP files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a BMP file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a BMP file will open the correct application.

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Detail bmp file extension information:
File Type: bmp
File Format: Bitmap Image File
Primary Association: Raster Graphics Files
Mime Type: application/bmp, application/preview, application/x-bmp, application/x-win-bitmap, image/bmp, image/ms-bmp, image/x-bitmap, image/x-bmp, image/x-ms-bmp, image/x-win-bitmap, image/x-windows-bmp, image/x-xbitmap