A rif file extension is related to the Resource Interchange File Format a meta format used by Windows 3.1 as default file format for multimedia.

There are 5 other file types using
the RIF file extension!

rif icon.rif - Rockwell ADPCM format

empty icon.rif - Raster image file format

empty icon.rif - MicroTik RouterOS dump

empty icon.rif - Corel Painter raster image file

empty icon.rif - FRAMES receptor intakes

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RIF file extension - Resource Interchange File Format

What is rif file? How to open rif files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

The rif file extension is related to the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF), a generic meta-format for storing data in tagged chunks.

It was introduced in 1991 by Microsoft and IBM, and was presented by Microsoft as the default format for Windows 3.1 multimedia files.

It is based on Electronic Arts's Interchange File Format, introduced in 1985, the only difference being that multi-byte integers are in little-endian format, native to the 80x86 processor series used in IBM PCs.

This rif file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to open rif file:

XnView MP icon

Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet logoXnView MP  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet

A free (for non-commercial purposes) powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats and also supports export to 70 different file formats. It works on Windows, Linux and macOS (OS X).

Help how to open:

Use XnView to view content of *.rif files.

How to convert:

XnView is able to export *.rif files to other formats.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .rif 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 rif file, edit rif file, convert rif file, view rif file, play rif file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

rif file viewer - programs that view rif file - Resource Interchange File Format

Programs supporting the exension rif on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about XnView MP for view rif file action.


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