What is a .TARGA File And How To Open It – Avid Technology (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .targa extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. In this article we will explain what .targa file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .TARGA file?

The .TARGA file extension stands for Targa Graphic. This file extension belongs to the developer Avid Technology. This raster related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .targa file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .TARGA file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .TARGA file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, dotPDN paint.net and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .TARGA 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 GIMP software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .TARGA file on Mac

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

1. The first step is to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Apple Preview, Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter and GIMP.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .TARGA 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 right click on your file and choose “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 GIMP software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .TARGA file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the GIMP software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use GIMP software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .TARGA 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: 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 GIMP software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .TARGA file?

If you are still unable to open the .TARGA file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .TARGA file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .targets – Microsoft, .tasproj – TASVideos, .tax – Intuit, .tax08 – Intuit, .tax09 – Intuit. 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 .TARGA file with the GIMP, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Corel PaintShop Pro, dotPDN paint.net programs on Windows, GIMP, Apple Preview, Apple QuickTime Player, Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020, Snap Converter programs on Mac and GIMP software on Linux.