BMP file format description

Many people share .bmp files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .bmp file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .bmp files.

2 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bmp - Windows Bitmap Image

The BMP graphic files are related to XnView. The BMP file is a Windows Bitmap Image. BMP or DIB (device-independent bitmap) is a bitmapped graphics format used internally by the Microsoft Windows graphics subsystem (GDI), and used commonly as a simple graphics file format on that platform.

Graphic files
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bmpf, dib, rl4, rl8, vga
Windows Bitmap Image related extensions:
ZX Spectrum Hobetta Image
Pocket PC Bitmap Image
Amapi Image
Sony Mavica Picture
GoDot Image
TI-73 Bitmap

.bmp - BPM Studio Skin Bitmap

The BMP data files are related to BPM Studio. The BML file is a BPM Studio Skin Bitmap. Alcatech BPM studio is a next generation audio-player, providing all new ways of playing, editing, and archiving audio files.

BPM Studio
Data files
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BPM Studio Skin Bitmap related extensions:
Visual Studio Code EYML Data
DATAIR FlexPlus Data
Navicat for SQLite Exported Table
RequisitePro Database Information File
EnergyPlus Weather Data
Oracle BI Publisher Compressed Report Definition

Naturally, other applications may also use the .bmp file extension. Even harmful programs can create .bmp files. Be especially cautious with .bmp files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .bmp file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


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 one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .bmp file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

bhp, bkp, blp, bm, bml, bmo, bnp, bp, bpm, fmp, gmp, hmp, mbp, mp, nmp

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

NewsMaker Project
Sybase PowerDesigner Business Process Model
Race Studio 2 Map File
BHP Survey Tool Data
Nikon E-Max Data
Bizagi Process Modeler File

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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