The TWF file extension is related to ArcView. The .twf file stores world coordinate information.

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the TWF file extension!

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TWF file extension - ArcView world coordinates file

What is .twf file?

File type specification:

GIS, GPS navigation and map file type icon GIS, GPS navigation and map file type

The TFW file extension is associated with ArcView and used for world coordinates file. The .tfw files provide real world coordinate information that allows a corresponding .tif file to be correctly positioned on a map or in a mapping system.

The *.tfw files are in ASCII editable format that contain six numbers, one on each line. Something like this:


Each line provides the following informations:

  • Line 1: X-scale. This is the horizontal distance in meters represented by each pixel. So in the above example each pixel is .7 meters wide.
  • Line 2: Rotation about the Y axis.
  • Line 3: Rotation about X axis.
  • Line 4: Y-scale This is the vertical distance in meters represented by each pixel. So in the above example each pixel is .9 meters tall. Normally negative, because whilst an image has its origin in the top left corner, for Northings and Eastings the origin is normally considered to be the bottom left corner - hence why the scale is normally negative.   
  • Line 5: X-reference point. This is the horizontal coordinate (or Easting) of the center of the top left pixel.
  • Line 6: Y-reference point. This is the vertical coordinate (or Northing) of the center of the top left pixel.

Occassionaly the .tfw files can also have two additional lines, but they are not part of the standard ArcView TFW file format.

  • Line 7: Grid zone or Coordinate System.
  • Line 8: Datum

The default software associated to twf file type:

ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (ArcView) icon

Esri logo ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (ArcView)  Microsoft Windows software

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ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (formerly known as ArcView) is GIS (geographic information system) application used to visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. ArcView is a part of the ArcGIS Desktop. ArcView supports creation of interactive maps, spatial analysis, GIS deployment, map viewing and navigation, map printing etc.

Help how to open TWF files:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert file with extension TWF:

As far as we know, this .twf file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of software applications associated to the .twf 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 twf file, edit twf file, convert twf file, view twf file, play twf 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 twf files.

  • Export twf file
  • Others twf file

Applications that export twf file - ArcView world coordinates file

Click on the link to get more information about Terrain Navigator for export twf file action.

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