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What are XCF files?

The XCF extension is used by the open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), used to save edited versions of images. The XCF nomenclature was devised by a group of students interested in advanced computing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the XCF format?

The XCF format is a multimedia standard in the current world of digital content. And it shows the following advantages and disadvantages:


  • Stores layer information, save position, channels, paths and other elements used during editing.
  • The XCF format is also a backward compatible file extension that supports earlier versions of GIMP and in some cases is even backward compatible.
  • In gimp, the effects are easily done
  • is a powerful, extensible and versatile open/free cross-platform bitmap graphics editor, often compared to the commercial Adobe Photoshop.


  • It is incompatible with all programs except gimp.
  • The XCF format is not recommended for use as a standard interchange format, as it cannot be recognized by any application, although it is recognized by a growing group of them.

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How to open XCF format files?

Here is a small, but not exhaustive, list of programs that can open XCF documents:

  • Blender.
  • CinePaint.
  • CorelDRAW.
  • GIMP.
  • IrfanView.
  • XnView.

What is the meaning of XCF?

XCF, short for eXperimental Computing Facility, is the native image format of the image editing program GIMP.