Files with heic extension are high quality images in High Efficiency Image File Format, a picture image format, developed by Moving Picture Experts Group.

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HEIC file extension - High Efficiency Image Format

What is heic file? How to open heic files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

File extension heic is related to the High Efficiency Image File Format, a picture image file format based on HEVC (High Efficiency Video Compression - H.265), developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) in 2013.

The heic file contains:

  • Image Items
  • Image Derivations
  • Image Sequences
  • Auxiliary Image Items
  • Image Metadata

The HEIC images requires less storage space than JPG images without quality loss.

HEIC (also known as HEIF) format is supported by iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra operating systems.

By default, iOS 11 uses HEIC format as a default format to store digital photos. However users can change HEIC format back to JPG by:

Settings → Camera → Formats and select Most Compatible option

heic MIME types:

Updated: June 6, 2023

The default software associated to open heic file:

Apple Photos icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple Photos  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Photos has been engineered from the ground up to help you keep photo growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images as well as create beautiful gifts for sharing.

Preview icon

Apple, Inc. logoPreview  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple Preview is document and graphic viewer that is integral  part of Mac OS X operating system. It can view and also export/convert the most common bitmap picture formats.

Apple iOS icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple iOS  Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple iOS is the latest version of iOS operating system for Apple mobile platform devices such as Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iOS is based on XNU hybrid kernel from Mac OS X (macOS).

iOS contains multi-touch interface (also known as SpringBoard GUI), and various default apps, such as Phone, Mail, Safari, Music, Videos, Messages, Photos, Camera, FaceTime, Maps, Weather, Notes, etc. Other apps are available in App Store.

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Open HEIC pictures in Windows

Help how to open:

Windows should now recognize HEIC/HEIF format by default.

How to convert:

The .heic files can be exported to other picture image file formats.

Find conversions from heic file:

heic to jpeg

heic to jpg

heic to png

heic to tiff

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

Software that open heic file - High Efficiency Image Format

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

Microsoft Windows:

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