How to open ARW file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

ARW files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing ARW file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with ARW extension. However, it should be remembered that ARW file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Sony Digital Camera RAW Image Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning ARW files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with ARW extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Sony Digital Camera RAW Image Format

    .arw file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    ACDSee Photo Manager 12 ACDSee Photo Manager 12
    ImageMagick ImageMagick
    Sony RAW Driver Sony RAW Driver
    Sony Image Data Converter SR Sony Image Data Converter SR
    MAC OS Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
  • ArtStudio Image Format

    .arw file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows DrawingHand ArtStudio DrawingHand ArtStudio
    DrawingHand Artwork Player DrawingHand Artwork Player

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from ARW files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning ARW extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning ARW extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the ARW file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports ARW file extension
  • ARW file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with ARW files


If ARW file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a ARW file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open ARW file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing ARW in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit ARW format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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