Five Steps to Open CR2 Files

If you have CR2 files that you need to open, but you’re not sure how, follow these steps.


Step 1: Double-click the file.

Locate the CR2 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 CR2 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 CR2 file. Try one of the most common programs: Curious Labs Poser Character File or Canon Digital Camera Raw Image Format.

Step 3: Check the file type.

If none of the above programs will open your CR2 file, check the file type to make sure you have a program that can open that type of file. Most CR2 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 CR2 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
Curious Labs Poser Character File PC Software Company
Canon Digital Camera Raw Image Format Canon Inc.

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