A targa file extension is related to Truevision TarGA bitmap image file format. A targa file stores picture image.

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TARGA file extension - Truevision TarGA bitmap image

What is targa file? How to open targa files?

File type specification:

Graphics file type icon Graphics file type

targa file icon: targa filetype icon

The targa file extension is associated with the Truevision TarGA bitmap image file format.

Truevision originally created a specification for a high-end image file format that will support images suitable for display on the Truevision hardware line of graphic display cards. This format (Targa or TGA) supports any image dimensions and color depth of 1 to 32 bits. As the image format's popularity increased, this format, TGA (Targa), has been migrated to many other platforms and applications. The Targa format is used by several high-end paint and CAD programs.

The tga format is a format for defining raster or bitmap images. Targa supports color maps, alpha channel, gamma value, postage stamp image, textual information and developer-definable data. Unlike other image formats, there are relatively few variations.

Various compression models are supported. Targa images exist in both compressed and uncompressed formats.

The TGA format is probably the most universally supported 24-bit and 32-bit file format for PC applications.

The 32-bit Targa format contains 24 bits of color data and 8 bits of transparency data. Color support ranges from black and white, indexed and RGB colour.

Since Windows does not recognize 16-bit and 32-bit depths, some applications may treat them as 24-bit images. A 16-bit image will be up-graded to a 24-bit image while a 32-bit image will be down-graded to a 24-bit image.

Updated: July 2, 2024

The default software associated to open targa 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 *.targa files.

How to convert:

XnView is able to export *.targa to other formats.

Find converter to targa file type:

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

targa file viewer - programs that view targa file - Truevision TarGA bitmap image

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


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