Open CZI file

The most common choise: Zeiss CZI microscope image

How to open Zeiss CZI microscope image .czi files

Have you had trouble opening the czi file on your computer? What are czi files? We explain what they are and recommend software that we know will open them.

What is czi file?

Files with czi extension can be typically found as special images saved by the Zeiss CZI microscopes. Contains the image with additional metadata.

Zeiss CZI microscope image description

File extension czi seems to be used for a special bio format saved by the Zeiss CZI microscopes produced by Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH.

A .czi file represents a raw image, with additional metadata (time lapse, Z-stacks, multiposition experiments and virtual slides) recorded by the microscope.

Many projects and companies adopted CZI format including:

  • OME Bio-Formats and Glencoe Software
  • ImageJ
  • Fiji
  • Visiopharm
  • Bitplane/Imaris
  • Da-Cons
  • arivis AG / arivis Browser / arivis Vision 4D
  • Micro Brightfield
  • Indica Labs
  • Tissue Gnostics
  • Definiens
  • microDimensions

Suggested software to open czi file


Software tool for reading and writing image data using standardized, open formats

What file extension actually is?

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

We can help you to open your file

Our database contains a huge list of different file extensions, usually with detailed description and programs that can be used to open or otherwise work with that particular file type.

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