>> BMP file

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.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bmp - Windows Bitmap Image

The BMP graphic files are related to XnView. 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
- / -
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

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:

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

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Blizzard Texture Data
BrainVoyager QX Value Map
Binary Picture TIFF Image
Steinberg WaveLab Backup Plan
Sybase PowerDesigner Business Process Model
Bizagi Process Modeler File

Operating systems

DataTypes.net currently supports the following operating systems:

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

If you find the information on this page useful, please feel free to link to this page.


If you have useful information about the .bmp file format, then write to us!

Please help us by rating this page below.

3/5 based on 1 reviews.
Thanks for rating!
Invalid rating.