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

cif file icon.cif - Caltech Intermediate Format file

cif file icon.cif - Colombo Ipermedia file

cif file icon.cif - Easy CD Creator CD image

cif file icon.cif - pcAnywhere caller file

cif file icon.cif - Corel Ventura Publisher information file

cif file icon.cif - ColorImpact color scheme file

cif file icon.cif - MultiAd AdCreator document file

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CIF file extension - IUCr Crystallographic Information file

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: chemical/x-cif

The default software associated to cif file type:

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 CIF files:

Due the variability and uncertainty of this file type group, there is no general information available, about how to open this various data file format. However most files with extension from this group are usually not meant to be opened or viewed directly. If there are associated applications or programs listed below the extension description, you can always try to check their website for additional informations on their forums or other type of customer support.

For general information try to look at:
Identifying unknown file formats

How to convert file with extension CIF:

Due the variability and uncertainty of this file type group, there is no general information available, about how to convert this various data file format. However most files with extension from this group are usually not in formats, which can be converted. If there are associated applications or programs listed below the extension description, you can always try to check their website for additional informations on their forums or other type of customer support.

Related links:

RasMol website

List of recommended software applications associated to the .cif 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 cif file, edit cif file, convert cif file, view cif file, play cif file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

  • Import cif file

Software that import cif file - IUCr Crystallographic Information file

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for import cif file action.

Multiplatform:

Main software associated with cif file by default:
Match!
Other suggested software:
Avogardo

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