A twf file extension is related to ArcView (also known as ArcGIS for Desktop). A twf file stores world coordinate information.

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the TWF file extension!

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TWF file extension - ArcView world coordinates

What is twf file? How to open twf files?

File type specification:

GIS, GPS navigation and map file type icon GIS, GPS navigation and map file type

The twf file extension is associated with ArcView and used for world coordinates file.

The tfw files provide real world coordinate information that allows a corresponding .tif file to be correctly positioned on a map or in a mapping system.

The  tfw files are in ASCII editable format that contain six numbers, one on each line. Something like this:


Each line provides the following information:

  • Line 1: X-scale. This is the horizontal distance in meters represented by each pixel. So in the above example each pixel is .7 meters wide.
  • Line 2: Rotation about the Y axis.
  • Line 3: Rotation about X axis.
  • Line 4: Y-scale This is the vertical distance in meters represented by each pixel. So in the above example each pixel is .9 meters tall. Normally negative, because whilst an image has its origin in the top left corner, for Northings and Eastings the origin is normally considered to be the bottom left corner - hence why the scale is normally negative.   
  • Line 5: X-reference point. This is the horizontal coordinate (or Easting) of the center of the top left pixel.
  • Line 6: Y-reference point. This is the vertical coordinate (or Northing) of the center of the top left pixel.

Occasionally the tfw files can also have two additional lines, but they are not part of the standard ArcView TFW file format.

  • Line 7: Grid zone or Coordinate System.
  • Line 8: Datum

The default software associated to twf file type:

ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (ArcView) icon

Esri logoArcGIS for Desktop Basic (ArcView)  Microsoft Windows software

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ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (formerly known as ArcView) is GIS (geographic information system) application used to visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data.

ArcGIS for Desktop Basic is a part of the ArcGIS Desktop. ArcGIS for Desktop Basic supports creation of interactive maps, spatial analysis, GIS deployment, map viewing and navigation, map printing etc.

Help how to open TWF files:

Use ArcView (ArcGIS for Desktop) to open *.twf world coordinates files.

How to convert file with extension TWF:

ArcGIS can be able to export *.twf files to other file formats.

List of software applications associated to the .twf file extension

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that can be done with the file
: like open twf file, edit twf file, convert twf file, view twf file, play twf 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 ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting twf files.

  • Open twf file
  • Edit twf file
  • Create twf file
  • Export twf file

Software that open twf file - ArcView world coordinates

Click on the link to get more information about ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (ArcView) for open twf file action.

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