What is a .DNG File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .dng extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .dng file extension and how to open it.

What is a .DNG file?

The .DNG file extension is Digital Negative Image File. This file extension belongs to the developer Adobe Systems. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a camera raw image related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .DNG file?

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

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

The .dng 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 .DNG 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, 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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .DNG file on Mac

The .dng file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Preview, Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 and MacPhun ColorStrokes software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .DNG 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 Apple Preview software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .DNG file on iOS

There is easy way to open the .dng file on iOS.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first 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 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Apple Photos software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

How to open a .DNG file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Apple Photos. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .DNG file?

If you cannot open the .DNG file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .DNG file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .dnh – Danmakufu, .dnl – DNAML, .dns – 3D Realms, .do – Java Servlet, .dob – Visual Basic UserDocument. 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 .DNG file with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 program on Windows, Apple Preview, Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac, Apple Photos software on iOS and Apple Photos program in the Browser.