What is a .RAW File And How To Open It (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .raw extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .raw file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .RAW file?

The .RAW file extension is from Raw Image Data File. The file has the binary format, and it is a camera raw image related file.

What to know

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

How to open a .RAW file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .RAW file on various operating systems.

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

To open the .raw file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

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

How to open a .RAW file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .raw file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the WidsMob PhotoVault software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Preview, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, MacPhun ColorStrokes and WidsMob PhotoVault.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .RAW 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 WidsMob PhotoVault 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 .RAW file on Linux

To open the .raw file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the RawTherapee software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .RAW 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 RawTherapee software that 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 .RAW file?

If you cannot open the .RAW file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .RAW file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .rax – RealNetworks, .ray – Synopsys, .ray – Craig Kolb, .rb – Ruby Source Code, .rb – Xojo, Inc.. 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 .RAW file with the Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, RawTherapee programs on Windows, WidsMob PhotoVault, Apple Preview, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac and RawTherapee software on Linux.