.RTF File Extension

Rich Text Format

The Rich Text Format (RTF) is a file format developed by Microsoft. RTF allows exchanging text files between word processors and operating systems. Support for Unicode was added due to changes in Micr...

General Information

Title RTF File Extension
Extension .rtf
Full Form Rich Text Format
File Type Document File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type text/rtf, application/rtf

File Function

Primary Function Formatted text storage
Additional Functions Contain images, objects
Features Interoperable, Simple formatting

File Characteristics

Quality Text integrity
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Document Exchange Yes
Formatted Text Yes
Cross-platform Sharing Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Macro viruses
Best Practices Scan for malware, Regular updates

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1987
Latest Revision 1.9.1 (2008)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Word Paid, Subscription Windows, Mac
LibreOffice Writer Free Windows, Mac, Linux
TextEdit Free Mac
WordPad Free Windows