There are 9 other file types using
the RAW file extension!

empty icon.raw - Digital camera photo RAW image format [common]

raw icon.raw - RAW audio format

empty icon.raw - Nimbus 7 data

empty icon.raw - Sentry 2020 encryption data

empty icon.raw - ZX Spectrum memory dump

empty icon.raw - HP V41 program

empty icon.raw - ISIS RAW file format

empty icon.raw - Adobe Photoshop RAW picture image

empty icon.raw - XL-Paint MAX picture image

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RAW file extension - RAW disk image

What is raw file? How to open raw files?

File type specification:

Disk image (ISO) binary file type icon Disk image (ISO) binary file type

The raw file extension is also related to one of the less common disk image formats supported for example by VirtualBox software from Oracle.

The raw disk image stores captured data from floppy disks, hard drives, or optical disks without any procession, customization, or compression only sector by sector binary copy depend on file system.

The raw disk image is able to contain multiple tracks, audio, video, data tracks.

However, typically raw files are either pictures (photos taken by digital cameras in their raw data format) or audio files ripped from disks, not disk images.

Some CD/DVD burning applications may not support raw CD/DVD images, but renaming it to ISO can make it recognizable for the software.

The default software associated to open raw file:

VirtualBox icon

Oracle Corporation logoVirtualBox  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Oracle Corporation

VirtualBox is popular open-source multi-platform free x86 virtualization software package. VirtualBox supports virtualization of many operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, OpenBSD etc.

VirtualBox has own specific virtual container format called Virtual Disk Image (VDI), where it stores virtual machine. VirtualBox also supports containers from other applications, such as WMvare and Microsoft Virtual PC.

The most popular file extensions used by Virtual Box are OVA, OVF and VDI.

QEMU icon

QEMU  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Fabrice Bellard

QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performances.

Related articles:

How to convert VDI to VMDK

Help how to open:

Most disk image handling programs should be able to work with *.raw files, provided they are indeed disk images.

How to convert:

It should be possible to convert these files to ISO or other similar program with a proper software tool.

Find conversions from raw file:

raw to gif89a

raw to img

raw to jpeg

raw to jpg

raw to png

raw to vdi

raw to vmdk

Find converter to raw file type:

bmp to raw

cr2 to raw

fff to raw

orf to raw

rw2 to raw

rwl to raw

vdi to raw

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

Software that open raw file - RAW disk image

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

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


Main software associated with raw file by default:
QEMU small icon QEMU
Other suggested software:
VirtualBox for Linux small icon VirtualBox for Linux

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