Five Steps to Open BMP Files

If you have BMP files that you need to open, but you’re not sure how, follow these steps.


Step 1: Double-click the file.

Locate the BMP file icon and double-click it. If you have the right program installed, it should open the file automatically. If it doesn’t, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Look for another program.

If the BMP file doesn’t open when you double-click it, you probably don’t have the right program on your computer. There are several popular programs that can be used to open a BMP file. Try one of the three most common programs: Infinity Game Engine Palette Information, Award AWBM BIOS Bitmap, or Windows OS/2 Bitmap Graphics.

Step 3: Check the file type.

If none of the above programs will open your BMP file, check the file type to make sure you have a program that can open that type of file. Most BMP files are Raster Image Files, but there’s a chance it might be another type.

You can find this information in the file’s properties. On a Windows computer, just right-click the file and click properties, and look for the file type under “Type of File.” On a Mac computer, right-click the file and click “More info,” and look for the file type under “Kind.”

Step 4: Get help from a developer.

If you can’t figure out how to open a BMP file, a developer can probably tell you how. Find the program you have in the table below and contact the developer of that program.

Program Name Developer Name
Infinity Game Engine Palette Information BioWare Corp.
Award AWBM BIOS Bitmap Phoenix Technologies LTD
Windows OS/2 Bitmap Graphics PC Software Company

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