A cur file extension is related to the mouse cursor image format used by Microsoft Windows. A cur file stores  mouse cursor (mouse pointer).

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CUR file extension - Windows cursor

What is cur file? How to open cur files?

File type specification:

Graphics file type icon Graphics file type

cur file icon: cur filetype icon

The cur file extension is used for one format of cursors used in Windows.

The cur file contains cursors (the mouse pointer design) in Microsoft Windows 3.x and later versions of Windows operating systems.

In Windows 95, NT and later, this format has been largely superseded by the ANI format which allows animated and color cursor designs.

The CUR format also allows transparency so that cursors do not have to appear rectangular when displayed on screen.

The cur files are not compressed. However, as the images that they contain are usually quite small, compression is not really needed anyway.

Updated: March 24, 2024

The default software associated to open cur file:

CursorWorkshop icon

Axialis Software logoCursorWorkshop  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.


Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

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 Microsoft Windows 11.

XnView MP icon

Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet logoXnView MP  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet

A free (for non-commercial purposes) powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats and also supports export to 70 different file formats. It works on Windows, Linux and macOS (OS X).

Help how to open:

Use XnView to simple view cursors files or specialized software for making windows cursors.

How to convert:

Various tools are able to transform *.cur files to other file formats.

Find conversions from cur file:

cur to ani

cur to bmp

cur to jpg

cur to png

Find converter to cur file type:

ani to cur

bmp to cur

gif to cur

jpeg to cur

jpg to cur

png to cur

rcu to cur

List of software applications associated to the .cur 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 cur file, edit cur file, convert cur file, view cur file, play cur file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org'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 cur files.

Software that open cur file - Windows cursor

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

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with cur file by default:
CursorWorkshop small icon CursorWorkshop
Other suggested software:
Revelation Natural Art
FastStone Image Viewer small icon FastStone Image Viewer

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