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JPG File Extension

JPEG Image
  • Developer
    Joint Photographic Experts Group
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    3.6 (114 votes)

What is JPG file?

Files with the JPG extension are compressed raster image files stored in JPEG format (Joint Photographic Experts Group). JPG extension is used interchangeably with JPEG. JPEG is a lossy compression method, which means that during storing a file, some part of information is permanently lost. KPEG standard was first that offered users possibility to control level of compression, and thus – level of data loss.

Since its introduction, JPEG format is evolving in terms of compression abilities and lowering data loss levels. The most popular coding standards are JFIF or JPEG 2000, with the latter offering the lowest data loses during the process. Currently it is used for image compression in the digital Cinema.

Advantages of JPEG format

The biggest advantage of JPG files is their low size, which makes them perfect for sending and storing in different types of devices. Files of most of the present digital cameras are stored in this format. JPEG format is currently most popular image file format in the Internet.

What to use to open it?

JPG files are supported almost by any image previewing program, internet browser or professional software for processing any types of graphic files.

Programs which support JPG file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with JPG files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with JPG extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Updated: 08/22/2019

How to open file with JPG extension?

Being unable to open files with JPG extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with JPG extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Adobe Photoshop software

Install software to open JPG file Problems with opening and working with JPG files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with JPG files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Adobe Photoshop or different compatible program, such as CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, PaintShop Pro. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support JPG files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Adobe Photoshop installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Adobe Systems Incorporated website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Adobe Photoshop to the latest version

Update software that support file extension JPGIf the problems with opening JPG files still occur even after installing Adobe Photoshop, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Adobe Photoshop is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why JPG files are not compatible with Adobe Photoshop. The most recent version of Adobe Photoshop is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open JPG files to Adobe Photoshop

After installing Adobe Photoshop (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open JPG files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with JPG file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the JPG file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Adobe Photoshop is installed, check the Always use this app to open JPG files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with JPG file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the JPG file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select Adobe Photoshop and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with JPG extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the JPG is not faulty

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

Check JPG file for viruses
1. Check the JPG file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the JPG file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. JPG file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the JPG file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. 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. It could happen the the download process of file with JPG extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the JPEG Image file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Adobe Photoshop

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support JPG files. Close all running programs and try opening the JPG file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with JPEG Image files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle JPG files.

Conversion of a JPG file

File Conversions from JPG extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to JPG file
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