What is a .AI File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .ai extension, but you have never seen this extension before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .ai file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .AI file?

The .AI file extension is from Adobe Illustrator File. The development of this file was done by Adobe Systems. The file has the binary format, and it is a vector related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .ai file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .AI file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .AI file on various operating systems.

How to open a .AI file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .ai file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Inkscape software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is IMSI TurboCAD Pro and Inkscape.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .AI file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Inkscape software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .AI file on Mac

To open the .ai file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Inkscape software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Preview and Inkscape.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .AI file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Inkscape software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .AI file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .ai file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Inkscape and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .AI file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GIMP software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .AI file?

If you are still unable to open the .AI file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .AI file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .ai – Electronic Arts. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .AI file with the Inkscape, IMSI TurboCAD Pro programs on Windows, Inkscape, Apple Preview programs on Mac and GIMP, Inkscape software on Linux.