Files with aae suffix can be typically found by owners of Apple devices and computers and users of the Apple Photos app. These files contains edits and other changes made on a particular photo (.jpg). They purpose is to allow save non-destructive changes made on a photograph so the original photograph can be preserved.

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AAE file extension - Apple Photos sidecar file

What is aae file? How to open aae files?

File extension aae is exclusively related to a special "sidecar" file generated by the Apple Photos app included in macOS and iOS devices.

AAE format is XML based format that contains all the edits and adjustments made on a particular digital photograph (.jpg). This means that no matter what changes the user makes on some photo, the original will be always preserved.

Thus every picture edited by Apple Photos will be accompanied by the corresponding .aae file with the changes. When you transfer the photos between iOS devices or to your computer, the .aae files will be copied together with the .jpg files.

The default software associated to aae file type:

Apple Photos icon

Apple, Inc. logo Apple Photos  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

Apple Photos has been engineered from the ground up to help you keep photo growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images as well as create beautiful gifts for sharing.

Apple iOS icon

Apple, Inc. logo Apple iOS  Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) software

Company or developer:
  Apple, Inc.

Apple iOS 9 is the latest version of iOS operating system for Apple mobile platform devices such as Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iOS is based on XNU hybrid kernel from Mac OS X (macOS).

iOS contains multi-touch interface (also known as SpringBoard GUI), and various default apps, such as Phone, Mail, Safari, Music, Videos, Messages, Photos, Camera, FaceTime, Maps, Weather, Notes, etc. Other apps are available in App Store.

Help how to open AAE files:

These files are associated with the Apple Photos app and referenced to a particular photograph. You can load them to the app to see both the original and apply the changes stored in the .aae file.

No 3rd party software will help you here.

How to convert file with extension AAE:

You cannot convert single .aae files, you would also need the original .jpg photo.

Find conversions from aae file:

aae to avi

aae to jpeg

aae to jpg

aae to mov

aae to mp4

aae to pdf

aae to png

List of software applications associated to the .aae file extension

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that can be done with the file
: like open aae file, edit aae file, convert aae file, view aae file, play aae file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the aae files.

  • Open aae file
  • Create aae file
  • Settings aae file

Software that open aae file - Apple Photos sidecar file

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