What is GIF File Extension?


Graphics Interchange Format stands for GIF. It is perfect to save an image of GIF if it is up to 8 bits per pixel. It is a type of bitmap image. It is the most common file formats to save images on the internet. It is liked by users because of the lossless compression mechanism where the image quality is retained. During the coding of gaming apps, the GIF format is used to store low color sprite databases.


GIF is counted under Raster Image File.

Supported Apps

Google Drive both in iOS and Android

Adobe Illustrator, MS Windows Photo Viewer and MS Windows Photos on Windows

Adobe Photoshop CC (Windows & MAC)


The CompuServe has introduced the file extension.


It has one MIME type- image/gif


GIF87a: 47 49 46 38 37 61

GIF89a: 47 49 46 38 39 61

How to view the GIF File Extension

It is a flexible file extension used by many apps. Users can view a GIF file using applications of Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Google.

There are many third apps to view GIF files. Users can take help from free or paid tools.