What is a JPG File (JPEG)?


How to open and edit JPG and JPEG file formats

What to Know

  • Image files are JPG/JPEG files.
  • You can open one using any browser or image viewer such as IrfanView.
  • Convert to PNG (SVG), PDF, etc. With an image conversion tool such as Convertio.

This article will explain what JPG and JPEG files look like, how they differ from other image formats, how you can open them, and which programs that can convert them to another image format, such as SVG or GIF.

What is a JPG (JPEG File)?

An image file is a JPG or JPEG (both pronounced “jaypeg”) file. Although some JPG image files may use the.JPG extension, others use the.JPEG file extension, they are the same file type.

JPEG Image files may use the.JPE extension. However, this is not common. JFIF files, which are JPEG File Interchange Format files, also use JPEG compression but aren’t nearly as common as JPG.

How to open a JPG/JPEG file

All image editors and viewers can open JPG files. It is the most widely used image format.

JPG files can be opened with any web browser like Firefox or Chrome. Drag local JPG files into the browser window. Built-in Microsoft programs such as the Paint and photo viewer can also open them. Apple Preview and Apple Photos are both able to open JPG files if you’re using a Mac.

JPG files are popular because they use a compression algorithm that significantly reduces file size. This makes them ideal for sharing, storing and displaying on web sites. If the file is compressed very heavily, it might not be obvious that the JPEG compression has reduced the image’s quality.

IrfanView and Adobe Photoshop are supported. GIMP is also available.

You can open JPG files on your mobile device. This means that you can view them through email or text messages.

If the file extension is not correct, some websites or programs may not recognize an image that is a JPEG Image. Some viewers and basic image editors will only be able to open.JPG files, and not the.JPEG file. You can rename the file so that it has the correct extension.

How to Convert JPG or JPEG File

You can convert JPG files in two ways. Either you can use an image viewer or editor to convert it to another format (assuming that the function is supported), or you can plug the JPG file into an image conversion program.

FileZigZag, for example, is an online JPG convertor that can save the file in a variety of formats including PNG/TIF/TIFF and GIF.

A simple alternative is Resizing.app. If you need to do a lot of conversions, there’s a Chrome extension. You can export to PNG, TIFF and WEBP formats.

It can also convert JPG files into MS Word formats like DOCX, DOC with Zamzar. This is similar to FileZigZag as it converts JPG files online. You can also convert JPG to ICO and PS files, as well as PDF and WEBP files.

You don’t need to convert a JPG file to MS Word if you only want to insert it into a Word document. A conversion like this doesn’t create a well-formatted document. Instead, you can use Word’s built in “insert” option to insert the JPG directly into your document.

To convert the JPG file to BMP, PNG or TIFF, open the JPG file in Microsoft Paint. Other JPG editors and viewers mentioned above offer similar options and output formats.

If you need the image to be in this format, the Convertio website can help you convert JPG to . AConvert.com is another option.

Are you still having trouble opening the file?

Some file extensions look similar to.JPG files, but they are not related. JPR (JBuilder Project, Fugawi Project), JPS (Stereo JPEG Image and Akeeba Backup Archive), JPGW (JPEG World), are just a few examples.

Is JPG the same as JPEG?

Is there any difference between JPEG or JPG? Although the file formats are identical, one has an extra letter. That’s all there is to it.

JPG and JPEG are both image formats that have been approved by the Joint Photographic Experts Group. They also have the exact same meaning. The differences in file extensions are due to Windows’s inability to accept the longer extension in early versions.

HTM files and HTML files were the original file extensions for JPEG. The JPEG extension had four letters when it was introduced. Windows required that file extensions not exceed three letters at the time. This is why.JPG was used. Mac computers didn’t have this restriction.

Both file extensions were being used on both systems. Windows then changed its requirements to allow longer file extensions. However, JPG was still being used. Both JPG and JPEG files were circulated and are still being created.

Both file extensions exist but they are identical. Each can be renamed without losing functionality.


  • How can I open a JPG Large file?
    Google Chrome creates JPG-Large images when a Twitter user saves an Image by Dragging it onto Their Desktop. They may also be created when a Twitter user right-clicks on an image and saves it to their Desktop. JPG-Large images are the same as JPG and JPEG files. You can change the file extension by deleting “large” and then open it as you would any JPG/JPEG image.
  • How can I open damaged JPG and JPEG files?
    JPG and JPEG files can be corrupted by a system shutdown, file transfer delays, or other unexpected events. You can open corrupted or damaged JPG and JPEG files by changing their file format. Another option is to open the JPEG file in Paint and then save it in another format. The corrupt JPEG can also be fixed by opening it in an image editor such as Photoshop.
  • How can I open a JPG/JPEG file in Photoshop
    Open a JPG/JPEG in Photoshop by going to > Open . Next, navigate to the file, double-click it to open and select it. 



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