What is a .NITF File And How To Open It – U.S. Department of Defense (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .nitf 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 we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .nitf file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .NITF file?

The .NITF file extension stands for National Imagery Transmission Format File. This file extension was developed by U.S. Department of Defense. This data related file is in binary format.

What to know

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

How to open a .NITF file?

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

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .nitf file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the GDAL software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use ERDAS IMAGINE, XnViewMP and GDAL software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .NITF 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 GDAL software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .NITF file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the GDAL software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: XnViewMP and GDAL.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .NITF 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 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 GDAL software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .NITF file on Linux

The .nitf file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the GDAL software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: XnViewMP and GDAL.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .NITF 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: 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 GDAL 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 .NITF file?

If you are still unable to open the .NITF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .NITF file.njb – Nikon, .nji – Nero, .njx – NJStar Software, .nk – The Foundry, .nk2 – Microsoft. 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 .NITF file with the GDAL, ERDAS IMAGINE, XnViewMP programs on Windows, GDAL, XnViewMP programs on Mac and GDAL, XnViewMP software on Linux.