Files with czi extension can be typically found as special images saved by the Zeiss CZI microscopes. Contains the image with additional metadata.

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CZI file extension - Zeiss CZI microscope image

What is czi file? How to open czi files?

File type specification:

Digital camera RAW file type icon Digital camera RAW file type

File extension czi seems to be used for a special bio format saved by the Zeiss CZI microscopes produced by Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH.

A .czi file represents a raw image, with additional metadata (time lapse, Z-stacks, multiposition experiments and virtual slides) recorded by the microscope.

Many projects and companies adopted CZI format including:

  • OME Bio-Formats and Glencoe Software
  • ImageJ
  • Fiji
  • Visiopharm
  • Bitplane/Imaris
  • Da-Cons
  • arivis AG / arivis Browser / arivis Vision 4D
  • Micro Brightfield
  • Indica Labs
  • Tissue Gnostics
  • Definiens
  • microDimensions

Updated: November 24, 2023

The default software associated to open czi file:

Bio-Formats icon

Bio-Formats  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
University of Dundee & Open Microscopy Environment

Bio-Formats is a community driven project with a standardized application interface that supports open source analysis programs like ImageJ, CellProfiler and Icy, informatics solutions like OMERO and the JCB DataViewer, and commercial programs like Matlab.

Help how to open:

Specialized software like Bio-Formats can import this format. Also there is probably some kind of software from Zeiss that works with the formats saved by the microscope.

How to convert:

Possibly can be exported as plain image, but all special metadata will be lost.

Find conversions from czi file:

czi to jpeg

czi to jpg

czi to png

czi to tif

czi to tiff

List of software applications associated to the .czi file extension

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and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open czi file, edit czi file, convert czi file, view czi file, play czi 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 czi files.

Software that open czi file - Zeiss CZI microscope image

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

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