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What is a WEBP File

On September 30, 2010, Google announced the publication of a new open standard for compression with 24-bit graphics loss on the web. The model for this standard was the VP8 video format. On2 Technologies developed it and Google acquired that on 2019.

Thereafter, Google expanded the WebP format with features such as a lossless compression mode, transparency (alpha channel) and animations.

Chrome supports the compression format since the end of 2010, but so far, as has happened with Opera, it has had to assume that many browsers only support WebP experimentally (such as Safari and Firefox, whose regular updates are still unsupported) .

According to its own statements, Microsoft would be currently working to support it in its own Edge browser.

How to open .WEBP Files

Can't? Problems or Inability to view and open the .webp file on your computer is a sign that you do not have the corresponding program to open it; though there may be a couple of other reasons, which are mostly technical.

All you have to do is to download the right program or tool to open it.


File Viewers

If you want to see images or animations encoded in WebP, you have several options at your fingertips:


Using Photoshop

To open a WebP file in Photoshop we will have to use a plugin that adds this compatibility to the Adobe tool.

The software in question is called WebPFormat and we can get it from this link. There we will find the links for the 32-bit and 64-bit version. So before downloading them we must make sure that we get the version that matches our system.

Once downloaded, the next thing we have to do is unzip the file that is saved on our hard drive. Inside the compressed file we will find a file with the name WebPFormat64.8bi, which corresponds to the plugin itself. Therefore, now it only remains to install it.




Open with

  1. Search for the .webp file in your device
  2. Double click on it
  3. Select open with option
  4. From the drop down list of apps and software select the viewer, app or program.
  5. If there is not any viewer in your device or computer. Then you will have to download one of the programs we mentioned in the previous section.



  1. Open one of the webp viewers installed:
    1. Browsers like Chrome or Opera
    2. Irfanview a free image viewer for Windows
  2. From the application go to the menu of files to open the .webp from your device.
  3. Now you can view the format in the app.


WEBP related extensions


Can't open a .webp file?

Other problems that may prevent you from accessing these files are below

  • If the drivers, the tools or equipment required is outdated.
  • The computer or Android device does not have adequate hardware resources that can cope with the easy opening of the .webp.
  • If the file that you want to open is infected with malware.
  • The tool or application for opening it is not installed.
  • If you accidentally delete the description from your Windows registry.
  • There is an incorrect link to the file in registry entries.
  • It is corrupt.
  • If you cannot resolve the problems y yourself, you can get in touch with trained it support to help out.

After resolving all the issues, your device should easily open it.


File type: Windows Media Video File


File Extension WMV

WMV stands for Windows Media Video and it is a video file format that has been developed by Microsoft Corporation and is a proprietary video format. The WMV format has been based on Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format or ASF format container and it compresses videos with the help of Windows Media Compression. Essentially .ASF files are the encoding that the video files use in the Windows Media Video format files. The WMV format video compression is a very crude compression technique being a completely proprietary compression algorithm it is not easily convertible to other video formats. However it is possible to do so and there are softwares available that do that.


Open File WMV

Category: Data File
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin, Roxio Easy Media Creator, CyberLink PowerDirector, CyberLink PowerDVD, Microsoft's Windows Media Player
Open with Linux:

File type: Windows Live Messenger Contact List


The files are generally found in the hidden folder 'C:\Documents and Settings\ {username}\Contacts and are likely to be a sequence of files which will be having scrambled names for all the contacts within the windows live messenger's contact list.
In case these files are lost it will be very difficult to be able to recover these files and so it is recommended that you should backup these files periodically from time to time by exporting your contact list from the windows live messenger to a .CTT file and save it in the desired location that you want to save in so that in case there is a mishap and you happen to lose all your contacts in your contact list you can then later import that .CTT file from the location to which you saved the file and all the contacts in your contact list will be restored.

Detailed information 

Category: Data File
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Windows Live Messenger
Open with Linux:

File type: Yahoo! Widget
WIDGET files are very small programs of scripts that are created using the Yahoo Widget Toolkit and are generally referred to as widgets since these can be easily embedded into yahoo websites, yahoo messenger and other yahoo products very easily and seamlessly. These files or scripts or programs are run by the help of the Yahoo! Widget Engine although formerly they were run within the Konfabulator which is now also a part of Yahoo!

Detailed information 

Category: Data File
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Yahoo! Widget Engine
Open with Linux: Yahoo! Widget Engine

File type: Microsoft Works Word Processor Document File


What is

WPS files are created using the Microsoft Works Word Processor, which is very similar to the Microsoft Word's .DOC document file but differs from it in the sense that it does not have the advanced formatting features or the macros that the Microsoft Word document can have.

These files can generally be opened using most of the versions of Microsoft Word which comes along with the Microsoft Office package.

These files can also be opened and read by the Microsoft Publisher software which is a web site authoring tool which is also a part of the Microsoft Office Suite, for opening the WPS document in the publisher you might have to select the option to open Word 2000 file or All File Type in the open dialog box to be able to see your file.

Then you can browse to the location where this file is stored and you can double click on it to open.

The Microsoft Works' version for the MacOSX had been discontinued after the version 4.0 of it released and also the WPS format files themselves been discontinued to be used or supported by the Microsoft since the year 2006 and since then.


Detailed information 

Category: Data File
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works
Open with Linux: