Open TGA files

  • Full name
    Truevision TarGA Bitmap Image
  • Developer
    Avid Technology
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a TGA file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a TGA file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your TGA file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is TGA file?

The file extension TGA marks images in TruVision TARGA format. The TARGA format supports up to 32 bits per pixel (with alpha channel information) and can store not only the image information but also various metadata such as date, author or gamma value.

More info

The Targa format offers the possibility of lossless but weak RLE compression and is therefore rarely used. Only in the video sector is TARGA used even more.

In addition to the standard ending TGA, there are also the very rarely used endings vst, vda, ivb and targa. On the Mac, the extension tpic is used.

Programs which can open a TGA file

How to open file with TGA extension?

In order to open a file with TGA extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening TGA file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with TGA files, follow the instructions below.
Install Apple Preview or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening TGA files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support TGA files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of TGA files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Apple Preview as the default program for opening TGA files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate TGA files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Apple Preview applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Apple Preview has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with TGA files

Sometimes problems with opening TGA files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • TGA files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open TGA files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • TGA file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

Possible conversions of TGA file

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