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 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.
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.
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.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with XCF files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with XCF suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with XCF extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with XCF files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports XCF files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select GIMP or one of the recommended programs (for example, CorelDRAW, XnView, CinePaint) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support XCF 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 GIMP website and download the installer.
If you already have GIMP installed on your systems and XCF files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. 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 XCF files are not compatible with GIMP. The most recent version of GIMP is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of GIMP installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage XCF on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper XCF file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the XCF is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the XCF file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic XCF file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with XCF extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the GIMP Image Format file again.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support XCF files. Close all running programs and try opening the XCF file.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with GIMP Image Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle XCF files.
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