What is a .ICNS File And How To Open It – Apple (Easy Steps)

Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .icns extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .icns file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .ICNS file?

The file extension .ICNS is macOS Icon Resource File. This file extension was developed by Apple. This system related files is in binary format.

What to know

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

How to open a .ICNS file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the XnViewMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Axialis IconWorkshop, Inkscape and XnViewMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ICNS 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the XnViewMP software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ICNS file on Mac

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ICNS 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the XnViewMP 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 .ICNS file on Linux

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

1. The first step is to download the Gwenview software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Inkscape, XnViewMP and Gwenview software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ICNS 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Gwenview software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .ICNS file?

If you are still unable to open the .ICNS file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ICNS file.ico – Microsoft, .icon – Icon Image File, .iconpackage – Stardock, .iconset – Apple, .icontainer – Panic. 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 .ICNS file with the XnViewMP, Axialis IconWorkshop, Inkscape programs on Windows, XnViewMP, Apple Preview, Inkscape, Snap Converter programs on Mac and Gwenview, Inkscape, XnViewMP software on Linux.