What is a .CRW File And How To Open It – Canon (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .crw extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .crw file extension and how to open it.

What is a .CRW file?

The .CRW file extension is from Canon Raw CIFF Image File. It was developed by Canon. The file is a camera raw image related file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .crw file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .CRW file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .CRW file on various operating systems.

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

The .crw file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CRW 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: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .CRW file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .crw file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter and MacPhun ColorStrokes software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .CRW 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: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “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 Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .CRW file?

If you are still unable to open the .CRW file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .CRW file.crwl – Microsoft, .crx – Google, .cry – Crytek, .crypt – WhatsApp, .crypt1 – WhatsApp. 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 .CRW file with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 program on Windows and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac.