There are 7 other file types using
the CIF file extension!

empty icon.cif - Caltech Intermediate Format file

empty icon.cif - Colombo Ipermedia data

cif icon.cif - Easy CD Creator CD image

empty icon.cif - pcAnywhere caller data

empty icon.cif - Corel Ventura Publisher information

cif icon.cif - ColorImpact color scheme

empty icon.cif - MultiAd AdCreator document

CIF file extension - IUCr Crystallographic Information

What is cif file? How to open cif files?

File type specification:

Various data file type icon Various data file type

The cif file extension is associated with The Crystallographic Information File (CIF) format. CIF is a standard for information interchange promulgated by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).

CIF is the recommended method for submitting publications to Acta Crystallographica Section C and reports of crystal structure determinations to other sections of Acta Crystallographica and many other journals.

The syntax of a CIF is a subset of the more general STAR File format. The CIF and STAR File approaches are used increasingly in the structural sciences for data exchange and archiving, and are having a significant influence on these activities in other fields.

MIME types:

The default software associated to open cif file:

Match! picture or screenshot

Match!  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Crystal Impact GbR

Match! is tool used to phase identification from powder diffraction data. It compares the diffraction pattern of sample to a database containing reference patterns in order to identify the phases which are present.

Help how to open:

Use compatible tools to work with *.cif files.

How to convert:

Compatible tools may be able to export *.cif files to other formats.

Related links:

RasMol website

List of recommended software applications associated to the .cif file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open cif file, edit cif file, convert cif file, view cif file, play cif file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Software that import cif file - IUCr Crystallographic Information

Programs supporting the exension cif on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for import cif file action.


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