ARWfile extension

Sony Alpha Raw Digital Camera Image
By Sony

Have trouble opening the .arw extension? Don't panic! This page explains arw files and suggests programs you may use to open arw files. You can download these programs through this page!


What is ARW file?

An ARW file is a Sony Alpha Raw Image generated by Sony digital cameras. ARW files are based on the TIFF specification and hold uncompressed data from the camera's sensor and metadata that includes information like shutter speed, exposure, and white balance.

Additional information

ARW files provide the highest quality image from Sony cameras and are often used by professional photographers and graphic designers. Some Sony cameras store raw pictures in other formats, so check your editing software to be sure that it supports your camera model.

To ensure that your Sony Alpha camera records files in the ARW format, ensure the camera menu's picture quality option is set to the "RAW" option. ARW files can be opened and worked with using dedicated applications. Some specialized image editors can convert ARW files to other more recognizable formats like JPG, GIF, PDF, etc.


How to open ARW file?

Here are some universal methods of opening a file. Please, use this list of solutions.

Method 1: Correctly fix file association error

By following these steps, the user will be able to fix the arw extension association problem in an instant automatically:

Step 1: Click the "Download Solution" button to download the automatic tool from Appsitory.

Step 2: Now click "Start Scan" to find out all potential problems.

Step 3: Review the resulting scan and click the "Fix Items" option.

Method 2: Download apps that open the arw file

Here is a list of the presented programs that you should use to open/convert the arw file. You can choose the right program for your OS and click on it to start the download. You can also visit the developer's website.

Apps that open ARW files

Method 3: Use Universal File Viewer

The recommended use of Universal File Viewer, a tool for opening over 250 file extensions, complements the list of programs above. This utility is capable of opening your arw file. Download Universal File Viewer to your OS quickly and securely.