A heif file extension is related to the High Efficiency Image File Format, a picture image format, developed by Moving Picture Experts Group.

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HEIF file extension - High Efficiency Image File Format

What is heif file? How to open heif files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

The heif file extension is associated with 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 heif file contains:

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

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

MIME types:

Updated: April 4, 2024

The default software associated to open heif file:

Zoner Photo Studio icon

ZONER, Inc. logoZoner Photo Studio  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:

Zoner Photo Studio is application used to manage photos and pictures. Photo Studio can also convert, edit and apply effects to picture images. Photo Studio supports variety of picture formats as well as photo RAW formats. Zoner Studio is available in three editions, Pro, Home and Free.

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.

Related articles:

Open HEIC pictures in Windows

Help how to open:

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

How to convert:

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

Find conversions from heif file:

heif to jpeg

heif to jpg

heif to png

heif to tiff

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

Software that open heif file - High Efficiency Image File Format

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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