XCF File Extension

XCF file icon
GIMP Image Format
  • Developer
    GIMP
  • Popularity
    3.2 (8 votes)

What is XCF file?

XCF image file is used by GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) software. XCF files store tracks, layers, transparency settings, channel, guides, and other elements used in image editing. XCF format doesn’t offer option to review image edit history.

XCF format compression

XCF files stores graphical data in compressed form using simple RLE compression algorithm supported by gzip or bzip2 methods used by GIMP. Files with GZIP or BZPI2 extensions are recognized by GIMP as image files.

XCF format’s lack of popularity

Use of XCF files as data sharing format is discouraged for some elements of the format’s structure are closely related to GIMP’s unique functions. Because of that fact, the XCF graphical format is not very popular.

Additional information

XCF format is backward compatible and therefore support older versions of GIMP files.

XCF format was developed by a group of undergraduates interested in advancing computer science who call themselves ”eXperimental Computing Facility”, hence the format’s name.

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the XCF file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the XCF file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the XCF file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the XCF file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the XCF file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the XCF file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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