An ani file extension is associated with the file format that is used to store Windows animated cursors.

There are 3 other file types using
the ANI file extension!

ani file icon.ani - Generic animation file

ani file icon.ani - NeroMix file

ani file icon.ani - Painkiller Overdose game file

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ANI file extension - Animated cursor

What is ani file? How to open ani files?

File type specification:

Graphics file type icon Graphics file type

ani file icon: ani filetype icon

The ani file extension is traditionally and mostly used for animated mouse cursors in Windows operating system environment.

The ani file is a structured format (Microsoft RIFF) that contains information about the animation (author & title, steps, length & order of each step...) followed by several frames stored in the icon format.

Each frame/step in an animated cursor is displayed during a short time (delay or length): this is the frame timing. This time is measured in jiffies; 1 jiffy=1/60th of a second~16,66ms.

If your ani files are correctly associated, you can preview them using Windows Explorer: just hit an animated cursor file and select the File Properties shell menu command. Windows will then display the animated cursor on the Properties tab.

The default software associated to ani file type:

Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp.. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS.  MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Windows 10.

CursorWorkshop icon

Axialis Software logo CursorWorkshop  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Axialis Software

Axialis CursorWorkshop is a software used for making high quality of both static and animated cursors for Microsoft Windows, Windows applications and websites.


Help how to open ANI files:

You can preview *.ani files Windows Explorer. But you can also open it in some image editors, such as XnView. See suggested software on this page. Animated coursors can be created in specialized software for this purpose.

How to convert file with extension ANI:

Use any compatible tools to export *.ani files to other formats.

Find conversions from ani file:

ani to cur

ani to gif

ani to jpg

ani to png

Find converter to ani file type:

cur to ani

gif to ani

jpeg to ani

jpg to ani

png to ani

rcu to ani

File identification strings:

HEX code: 52 49 46 46

List of software applications associated to the .ani file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open ani file, edit ani file, convert ani file, view ani file, play ani 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 ani files.

  • Open ani file
  • Save ani file
  • Edit ani file
  • View ani file
  • Convert ani file
  • Create ani file
  • Import ani file
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Software that open ani file - Animated cursor

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Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ani file by default:
CursorWorkshop small icon CursorWorkshop
Other suggested software:
Revelation Natural Art

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