What is a .CR2 File And How To Open It – Canon

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .cr2 extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .cr2 file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .CR2 file?

The file extension .CR2 is from Canon Raw Image File.The developer of this file extension is Canon. This camera raw image related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 6 software that can open the .cr2 file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .CR2 file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .CR2 file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .CR2 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .cr2 file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and IrfanView software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CR2 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 Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .CR2 file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .cr2 file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter and MacPhun ColorStrokes software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .CR2 file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple Photos software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .CR2 file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .cr2 file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the gThumb software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use gThumb software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .CR2 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 gThumb software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .CR2 file?

If you are still unable to open the .CR2 file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .CR2 file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .cr2 – Bondware. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .CR2 file with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, IrfanView programs on Windows, Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac and gThumb software on Linux.