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APNG File Extension

Animated Portable Network Graphics Format

What is APNG file?

APNG filename suffix is mostly used for Animated Portable Network Graphics Format files. APNG files are supported by software applications available for devices running Linux, Mac OS, Windows. APNG file format, along with 522 other file formats, belongs to the Raster Image Files category. The most popular program for handling APNG files is XnView, but users can choose among 11 different programs that support this file format. On the official website of Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet developer not only will you find detailed information about theXnView software, but also about APNG and other supported file formats.

Programs which support APNG file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with APNG files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with APNG suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with APNG extension?

Problems with accessing APNG may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with APNG extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with APNG files.

Step 1. Get the XnView

Install software to open APNG file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports APNG files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select XnView or one of the recommended programs (for example, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support APNG files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit XnView website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of XnView

Update software that support file extension APNGIf you already have XnView installed on your systems and APNG files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of XnView installed, it may not support APNG format. The latest version of XnView should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign XnView to APNG files

If you have the latest version of XnView installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage APNG on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with APNG file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the APNG file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where XnView is installed, check the Always use this app to open APNG files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with APNG file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the APNG file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with APNG extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the APNG is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the APNG file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check APNG file for viruses
1. The APNG may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the APNG is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the APNG file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic APNG file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with APNG extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Animated Portable Network Graphics Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run XnView

If the systems has insufficient resources to open APNG files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Animated Portable Network Graphics Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with APNG files affecting older versions of given software.

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