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XCF File

This page contains information on the XCF file extension (eXperimental Computing Facility), a popular image file format

File extension.xcf
CategoryImage File
DescriptionThe XCF file format is an image file created by the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), a freely distributed image editing program. XCF files are similar in makeup to a Photoshop PSD, supporting layers, channels, transparency, paths and guides. The XCF file format is backward compatible (all versions of GIMP can open earlier versions' files) and in some cases, forward compatible. Using XCF as for data interchange is not recommended by the developers of GIMP, as there may be format changes in future versions and XCF reflects various internal data structures for GIMP.
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Technical DetailsThe XCF format is designed to store the entire part of the state of the Gimp that is specific to one image, apart from undo data. An XCF file is a sequence of bytes which describes a stack of layers and channels on a canvas, which is effectively just a rectangular viewport for the layers and channels. It contains a series of data structures with the main image structure coming at the very beginning of the file. The first 9 bytes of an XCF file are the ASCII string "gimp xcf "
Associated programs CorelDraw
Developed by eXperimental Computing Facility of the University of California at Berkeley
MIME type  image/x-xcf
Useful links XCF File Format Information
Draft XCF File Format Specification
Unnofficial XCF Specification
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Using Zamzar it is possible to convert XCF files to a variety of other formats:

xcf to ai (Adobe Illustrator Artwork)
xcf to bmp (Windows bitmap)
xcf to eps (Encapsulated PostScript)
xcf to gif (Compuserve graphics interchange)
xcf to jpg (JPEG compliant image)
xcf to pcx (Paintbrush Bitmap Image)
xcf to pdf (Portable Document Format)
xcf to png (Portable Network Graphic)
xcf to tga (Truevision Targa Graphic)
xcf to tiff (Tagged image file format)
xcf to wbmp (Wireless Bitmap File Format)
xcf to webp (Lossily compressed image file)

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