.TIFF File Extension

Tagged Image File Format

The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) handles images in a single file. It includes header tags defining the image geometry. A TIFF file can hold JPEG and PackBits compressed images. The primary TIFF pur...

General Information

Title TIFF File Extension
Extension .tiff, .tif
Full Form Tagged Image File Format
File Type Image file format
Developer Aldus, now Adobe Systems
MIME Type image/tiff, image/tiff-fx

File Function

Primary Function Store raster graphics
Additional Functions Image scanning, faxing
Features Lossless, Multi-page, Metadata

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers Yes
Supports Transparency Yes
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Professional Photography Yes
Desktop Publishing Yes
Medical Imaging Yes
Digital Preservation Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks None inherent
Best Practices Regular backup, Avoid unauthorized access

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1986
Latest Version TIFF 6.0 (1992)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .jpg, .png, .bmp

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Adobe Photoshop Paid Windows, Mac
GIMP Free Windows, Mac, Linux
Microsoft Windows Photos Free Windows