What is a .RWL File And How To Open It – Leica (Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .rwl extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .rwl file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .RWL file?

The .RWL file extension stands for Leica RAW Image. The development of this file was done by Leica. This camera raw image related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .rwl file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .RWL file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Phase One Capture One and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .RWL 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 right click on your file and choose “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 Phase One Capture One 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 .RWL file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Phase One Capture One, 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 .RWL 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: 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 Phase One Capture One 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 .RWL file?

If you cannot open the .RWL file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .RWL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .rwlibrary – Mariner Software, .rwp – Realmac Software, .rwplugin – Realmac Softwaree, .rws – Ludeon Studios, .rws – Criterion Software. 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 .RWL file with the Phase One Capture One, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 programs on Windows and Phase One Capture One, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, MacPhun ColorStrokes programs on Mac.