What is a .NEF File And How To Open It – Nikon

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .nef extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .nef file extension and how to open it.

What is a .NEF file?

The .NEF file extension stands for Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image. The creator of this file extension is Nikon. The format of this file is binary, and it is a camera raw image related file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .nef file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .NEF file?

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

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

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .NEF 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 Corel PaintShop Pro software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .NEF file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Photos, 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 .NEF 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: 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. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .NEF file?

If you are still unable to open the .NEF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .NEF file.neko – Nicolas Cannasse, .neo – Atari, .neosave – Infinite Interactive, .nes – Nintendo (NES) ROM File, .nessus – Tenable Network Security. 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 .NEF file with the Corel PaintShop Pro, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 programs on Windows and Apple Photos, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac.