How to open CRW file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

CRW files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing CRW file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with CRW extension. However, it should be remembered that CRW file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Canon 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 CRW files and search for its solution.

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

  • Canon Digital Camera RAW Image Format

    .crw file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows Canon digital camera software Canon digital camera software
    Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5
    ACDSee Photo Manager 12 ACDSee Photo Manager 12
    ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6 MAGIX Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 6
    Google Picasa Google Picasa
    MAC OS Canon digital camera software Canon digital camera software
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    Google Picasa Google Picasa
    Linux Google Picasa Google Picasa

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

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

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


If CRW 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 CRW 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 CRW 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 CRW 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 CRW 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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