How to open RIFF file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

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

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

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

  • Painter Raster Image

    .riff file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows Corel Painter 11 Corel Painter 11
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5
    MAC OS Corel Painter 11 Corel Painter 11

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

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

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


If RIFF 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 RIFF 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 RIFF 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 RIFF 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 RIFF 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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