How to open DNG file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

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

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

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

  • Adobe Digital Negative Format

    .dng file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
    Serif PhotoPlus X4 Serif PhotoPlus X4
    ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    ACDSee Photo Manager 12 ACDSee Photo Manager 12
    Google Picasa Google Picasa
    MAC OS Apple Preview Apple Preview
    Apple iPhoto Apple iPhoto
    Google Picasa Google Picasa
    Apple Aperture Apple Aperture
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 Adobe Photoshop CS5
    Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
    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 DNG 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 DNG extension of files?

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


If DNG 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 DNG 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 DNG 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 DNG 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 DNG 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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