Files with xpm extension can be usually encountered as pictures in X Pixmap (XPM) format, an ASCII-text-based image format used by the X Window System.

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

empty icon.xpm - DESQview macro file

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Software that open xpm file

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XPM file extension - Image file

What is xpm file? How to open xpm files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

xpm file icon: xpm filetype icon

File extension xpm is used for X Pixmap (XPM), an ASCII-text-based image format used by the X Window System. It was created in 1989 by Daniel Dardailler and Colas Nahaboo working at the INRIA, France, and was later enhanced by Arnaud Le Hors.

It is intended primarily for creating icon pixmaps, and supports transparent color. It has a simple structure, deriving from the earlier XBM syntax. It can be created and manipulated using any text editor and can be included in a C language file.

Unix-X11 PixMap (256 color image for X Windows) (8bit text).

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Updated: March 24, 2024

The default software associated to open xpm 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 Nero PhotoSnap, IrfanView, Draw.

How to convert:

Use Draw to save xpm file to another format.

Find conversions from xpm file:

xpm to jpeg

xpm to jpg

Find converter to xpm file type:

jpeg to xpm

jpg to xpm

File identification strings:

HEX code: 2F 2A 20 58 50 4D 20 2A 2F 0A
ASCII code: /*.XPM.*/.

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

Software that open xpm file - Image file

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

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