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Basic information about NITF file

When there is a problem with opening files with the file extension NITF(*.NITF or *.nitf), you do not need a computer expert. In most cases, using the helpful suggestions of experts contained in our website as well as appropriate programs, you can solve the problem with the NITF file yourself.

There are 1 file types using the NITF file extension in our database. In the further part of this page, you will find detail information about all the NITF file with their brief description and a list of programs that support NITF file sorted by operating systems. The table below provides useful information about the NITF file extension. It answers questions such as:
  • What is the NITF file?
  • How to open a NITF file?
  • What programs do I need to open a NITF file?
  • What programs help to create and edit a NITF file?
  • How to convert NITF files to another file format?
  • How to convert another files to NITF file format?

1.Detail information about NITF file extension: National Imagery Transmission Format File

File type National Imagery Transmission Format File Category Data Files
Developer U.S. Department of Defense File format Binary
Description NITF file is a National Imagery Transmission Format File developed by U.S. Department of Defense. Imaging data format used by the U.S. government and military for transmitting documents; may contain a combination of text, graphics, and metadata in a single file; also supports multiple layers; often used for satellite and aerial photos.
Software programs that will open, edit or convert NITF files

ITT Visual Information Solutions ENVI
Newera Graphics Converter Pro



Can't open a NITF file?

When you click a file to open it, operating system examines the filename extension. If operating system recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When operating system does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

”Can't open this file: example.NITF”。

To open this file, you install one of the applications from the list of software programs that you found here, you should be able to open, edit or convert the file with the NITF extension without any issue.

Where I can download the application that support NITF file?

If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program), you will find more information there on the location where to download the required application. Most often they are the websites of software manufacturers.

How to change file associations?

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click "Open With".
  • In the "Open With" dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click "Browse" to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the ”Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” check box.

Can I change the extension of NITF files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read/open the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format. Select a software program from our list and install it on your computer. If the file has not opened correctly, you have to look for a different software program from our list. Sometimes you have to repeat the operation several times.

What else may cause problems width open a NITF file?

The reasons for the lack of the ability to open a NITF file on your computer may be at least several. The easiest thing is to find a suitable application installed on your computer, which will open a NITF file. If there is still something wrong, you might want to check:

  • Whether the NITF file is damaged.
  • Whether the NITF file is incorrectly linked in the registry entries.
  • Whether the NITF file extension has been accidentally removed from the Windows registry.
  • Whether the installation of an application that supports the NITF file format is incompletely.
  • Whether the NITF file is infected.
  • Whether the drivers of the equipment used for opening a NITF file are up to date.
  • Whether your computer has enough hardware resources to open a NITF file.

If the NITF file still not working with your software after eliminating the above shortcomings? That means that the problem is more complex and requires the help of a specialist.