Open bmp file

bmp file icon Did your computer fail to open bmp file? We explain what bmp files are and recommend software that we know can open your bmp files.

What is bmp file?

Files with bmp extension can be commonly found as bitmap images. One of the traditional bitmap formats.

bmp file description

File extension bmp is commonly used for bitmap files - standard, non-compressed bit-mapped graphics format used in the Windows (and also OS/2).

The *.bmp files store graphics in a format called device-independent bitmap (DIB).

Bitmap images, also called raster images, use a grid (the bitmap or raster) of small squares known as pixels to represent images. Each pixel is assigned a specific location and color value.

Also Award BIOS versions have the ability to display a full-screen boot logo instead of the usual POST screen. The logo itself is embedded in the BIOS image, and although its file name has the extension .BMP, it is not a BMP file - it's a simplistic format referred to AWBM.

MIME-types used for .bmp files:

  • image/bmp
  • image/x-bmp
  • image/x-bitmap
  • image/x-xbitmap
  • image/x-win-bitmap
  • image/x-windows-bmp
  • image/ms-bmp
  • image/x-ms-bmp
  • application/bmp
  • application/x-bmp
  • application/x-win-bitmap
  • application/preview

Software that will open bmp file

XnView MP

A popular utility for viewing and converting graphic files


A very fast and compact freeware graphics viewer for Windows

Other bmp file extensions

bmp - Alpha Microsystem image

Files with bmp file suffix are related to the Alpha Microsystem bitmap image format.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

We can help you to open your file

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