A heic file extension is associated with the High Efficiency Image File Format, a picture image format, developed by Moving Picture Experts Group.

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HEIC file - 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

The heic file extension 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

MIME types:
image/heic
image/heic-sequence

The default software associated to heic file type:

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.

Help how to open:

Use compatible tools to view content of *.heic files.

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

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 File-Extensions.org's database).

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Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting heic files.

  • View heic file
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heic file viewer - programs that view 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 listed programs for view heic file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with heic file by default:
Apple Photos small icon Apple Photos
Preview small icon Preview

Multiplatform:

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