How to open NEF file?

What is NEF file extension?

The NEF extension is given to files used by Nikon cameras. NEF files are created as a result of reading data directly from the photosensitive detector in the camera while taking a photo. This is a raw RAW graphic format (no headers). NEF is an uncompressed format that allows after copying files to a computer for digital processing using graphic programs. Such files are characterized by high quality and a large tonal range.

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Programs that support NEF file

Programs for Windows system
ViewNX ViewNX
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop
PaintShop Pro PaintShop Pro
Picasa Picasa
Programs for Mac OS system
ViewNX ViewNX
Picasa Picasa
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop
Snap Converter Snap Converter
ColorStrokes ColorStrokes
Apple Aperture Apple Aperture
Programs for Linux system
darktable darktable
We hope we helped you solve the problem with the NEF 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 secure setup version of the required application.
What else may cause problems?
There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the NEF file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).
First - the NEF file may be incorrectly linked (associated) with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this link by yourself. To do this, right-click on the NEF file # that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the NEF file should be solved forever.
Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the NEF file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).