What is a .VICAR File And How To Open It – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Simple Steps)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .vicar extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .vicar file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .VICAR file?

The .VICAR file extension comes from VICAR Image File. The creator of this file extension is NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This raster related file is in binary format.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .vicar file on 1 platform.

How to open a .VICAR file?

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

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

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

1. The first step is to download the XnView software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is XnView.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VICAR 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the XnView software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .VICAR file?

If you are still unable to open the .VICAR file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .VICAR file.vid – Generic Video File, .vid – Bethesda Softworks, .video – DsNET, .viewlet – Qarbon, .viff – AccuSoft Pegasus. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .VICAR file with the XnView program on Windows.