How to open BMP file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

BMP files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing BMP file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with BMP extension. However, it should be remembered that BMP file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Standard Windows Bitmap Image (also OS/2) but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

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

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

  • Standard Windows Bitmap Image (also OS/2)

    .bmp file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5
    Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5
    ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    ACDSee Photo Manager 12 ACDSee Photo Manager 12
    Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer
    Nuance PaperPort 12 Nuance PaperPort 12
    Nuance OmniPage 17 Nuance OmniPage 17
    Roxio Creator 2011 Roxio Creator 2011
    Laughingbird The Logo Creator Laughingbird The Logo Creator
    MAC OS Apple Preview Apple Preview
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5
    Nuance OmniPage Pro X Nuance OmniPage Pro X
    Roxio Toast 10 Titanium Roxio Toast 10 Titanium
    Laughingbird The Logo Creator Laughingbird The Logo Creator

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

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from BMP 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 BMP extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning BMP 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 BMP 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 BMP file extension
  • BMP 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 BMP files


If BMP 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 BMP 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 BMP 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 BMP 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 BMP 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.

Do you have extra information about a BMP file? [ Add information about a BMP file ]

5 564

of file extensions

8 858

of file types

5 504

of applications opening the files

1 661

of producers