.BMP File Extension

Bitmap Image File

The BMP file format can store two-dimensional digital images in various color depths. It optionally allows data compression, alpha channels, and color profiles. The Windows Metafile specification cove...

General Information

Title BMP File Extension
Extension .bmp
Full Form Bitmap Image File
File Type Raster Graphics File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type image/bmp, image/x-bmp

File Function

Primary Function Store images
Additional Functions Uncompressed, lossless
Features High quality, Large file size

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Digital Art Yes
Printing Yes
Photo Editing Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Low
Best Practices File scanning, Regular updates

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1980s
Latest Version Compatibility with Windows 10

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .png, .jpg, .tif

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Paint Free Windows
Adobe Photoshop Subscription Windows, Mac
GIMP Free Windows, Mac, Linux