Open PNG File – Free Download Images Reader Files – Programs and How to

Portable Network Graphic file definition and 4 other types and linked programs information.

How to Open PNG Files

The File extension png is used by the following type(s):

type 1 description:
Portable Network Graphic files
The PNG file extension is commonly used for images in Portable Network Graphics file format.

PNG is a bitmap graphics format similar to GIF, that uses image compression mainly for web purposes. PNG is a lossless format with 16.7 million colors, index color, grayscale, true color, transparency and also is streamable, which makes it superior to GIF.

The format was approved as a standard by the WWW consortium to replace GIF, because GIF is using a patented data compression algorithm called LZW. In contrast, PNG is completely patent- and license-free.

Originally only Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer supported PNG file format, but today every web browser can read the format correctly.

MIME: image/png, image/x-png, application/png, application/x-png

that open png files:
  • Ability Photopaint (Microsoft Windows)
  • ACDSee Photo Manager (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Fireworks (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Fireworks for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • Adobe Illustrator (Microsoft Windows)
  • Artweaver (Microsoft Windows)
  • Axialis IconWorkshop (Microsoft Windows)
  • Corel Presentations (Microsoft Windows)
  • FastPictureViewer Professional (Microsoft Windows)
  • FastStone Image Viewer (Microsoft Windows)
  • Flare for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • FormatFactory (Microsoft Windows)
  • Free PDF Converter (Microsoft Windows)
  • IcoFX (Microsoft Windows)
  • IrfanView (Microsoft Windows)
  • LibreOffice Draw (multiplatform software)
  • Microsoft Expression Design
  • Nero Multimedia Suite (Microsoft Windows)
  • Paint.NET (multiplatform software)
  • PhotoOnWeb (Microsoft Windows)
  • Preview (Apple OS X)
  • PrimoOnline (Microsoft Windows)
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • XnView (multiplatform software)


type 2 description:
Adobe Fireworks proprietary PNG files
The PNG file extension is associated with Adobe Fireworks. Firework’s PNGs are based on the Portable Network Graphic (PNG) format, but contain additional proprietary metadata which only Adobe applications can read.

This version of PNG is solely opened only in Adobe Fireworks.

that open png files:
  • Adobe Fireworks (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Fireworks for Mac (Apple OS X)
  • Adobe Flash Catalyst (Microsoft Windows)
  • Adobe Flash Catalyst for Mac (Apple OS X)


type 3 description:
Corel PaintShop Photo Pro browser catalogue
The PNG file extension is associated with Corel Paint Shop Pro, an advanced photo-editing software, developed and sold by Corel Corporation.

The .png files contain browser catalogues.



type 4 description:
Spore creature files
The File extension used by the computer game Spore.