Files with rtf extension can commonly be found as text files saved in Rich Text Format. Supported by most text editors.

There is one other file type using
the RTF file extension!

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Software that open rtf file

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RTF file extension - Rich Text Format document

What is rtf file? How to open rtf files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

Text file type icon Text file type

rtf file icon: rtf filetype icon

File extension rtf is used for documents written in Rich Text Format, a text format with some very basic formatting preserved.

RTF format stores data in plain ASCII text file with additional formatting commands somewhat similar to HTML files. It allows exchange of text files between different word processors or different operating systems.

The RTF format was developed by Microsoft in 1987. In 2008 the updating of RTF was stopped.

MIME types used:

  • application/msword
  • application/rtf
  • application/x-rtf
  • text/richtext
  • text/rtf

Updated: November 24, 2023

The default software associated to open rtf file:

Microsoft Word icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Word  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

A popular word processor that started with Word for MS-DOS in 1983 and for year is now a core application of Microsoft Office suite. Microsoft Word offers powerful word processing and text editor features that allow users to easy create high quality documents.

Almost every, if not every, computer user knows .doc and .docx Word documents.

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Help how to open:

Most word processors are able to read and write *.rtf documents.

How to convert:

You can easily save RTF documents to other format using almost any word processing tool.

Find conversions from rtf file:

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 7B 5C 72 74 66
ASCII code: {\rtf

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

Software that open rtf file - Rich Text Format document

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

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