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What are the different types of image formats?

Last Published: April 25, 2020


This is a comprehensive list of image formats. To find out which of these formats are supported for a particular ESRI Software product, please see the Desktop Help or their respective User Guides.

AVS -AVS X image file
BMP -Microsoft Windows bitmap image file
CMYK -Raw cyan, magenta, yellow, and black bytes
DCX -ZSoft IBM PC multi-page Paintbrush file
DIB -Microsoft Windows bitmap image file
EPS -Adobe Encapsulated PostScript file
EPS2 -Adobe Level II Encapsulated PostScript file
EPSF -Adobe Encapsulated PostScript file
EPSI -Adobe Encapsulated PostScript Interchange format
FAX -Group 3
FITS -Flexible Image Transport System
GIF -CompuServe graphics interchange format; 8-bit color
GIF87 -CompuServe graphics interchange format; 8-bit color (version 87a)
GRAY -Raw gray bytes
HDF -Hierarchical Data Format
HISTOGRAM -Histogram of the image
HTML -Hypertext Markup Language with a client-side image map
JBIG -Joint Bi-level Image experts Group file interchange format
JPEG -Joint Photographic Experts Group JFIF format; compressed 24-bit color
MAP -colormap intensities and indices
MATTE -Raw matte bytes
MIFF -Magick image file format
MPEG -Motion Picture Experts Group file interchange format
MTV -MTV Raytracing image format
NULL -NULL image
PBM -Portable bitmap format (black and white)
PCD -Photo CD
PCX -ZSoft IBM PC Paintbrush file
PDF -Portable Document Format
PGM -Portable graymap format (gray scale)
PICT -Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT file
PNG -Portable Network Graphics
PNM -Portable anymap
PPM -Portable pixmap format (color)
PS -Adobe PostScript file
PS2 -Adobe Level II PostScript file
RAD -Radiance image file
RGB -Raw red, green, and blue bytes
RGBA -Raw red, green, blue, and matte bytes
RLA -Alias/Wavefront image file; read only
RLE -Utah Run length encoded image file; read only
SGI -Irix RGB image file
SUN -SUN Rasterfile
TEXT -raw text file; read only
TGA -Truevision Targa image file
TIFF -Tagged Image File Format
TILE -tile image with a texture
UYVY -16bit/pixel interleaved YUV (e.g. used by AccomWSD)
VICAR -read only
VID -Visual Image Directory
VIFF -Khoros Visualization image file
X -select image from X server screen
XC -constant image of X server color
XBM -X Windows system bitmap, black and white only
XPM -X Windows system pixmap file (color)
XWD -X Windows system window dump file (color)
YUV -CCIR 601 1:1:1 file
YUV3 -CCIR 601 2:1:1 files

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