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Here’s how to open TGA files in Windows 10

Alternatively, you can open TGA pictures with universal file viewer software. Universal file openers are programs that open lots of alternative file types.

File Viewer Plus is a universal file viewer for Windows that can open and display over 300 different file types. You can also edit files, save your changes, and batch convert files to several different file formats.

Open TGA files, view, edit and convert to JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, BMP, JPEG2000 just as easy as drag-and-drop. We recommend this program and you can test it straight away by downloading the fully-functional trial.

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3.2 Use Universal Viewer

Universal Viewer is one freeware file opener you can utilize to open TGA images with.

Click Zip package on the link below to save the freeware Universal Viewer’s ZIP file to Windows. You’ll need to decompress that ZIP by opening it in File Explorer and selecting the Extract all option.

Press the Browse button to select a path to extract the ZIP to, and then click the Extract button. Open Universal Viewer from the extracted folder.

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4. Convert TGA images to JPG format

  1. First, open the Convertio web app page in your browser.
  2. Press the From Computer to select a TGA file to convert to JPG.
  3. Click the Convert button to initiate the conversion.
  4. Press the Download button to save the new JPG file to a folder.
  5. Then you can open the JPG image in your first choice editing software.

If you need to open a TGA image in software that doesn’t support the format, you can convert the file to JPG format.

Then you’re not really opening a TGA file, but you can at least still open the same image as a JPG with the software you need to.

When you’ve edited it, you can always convert the picture back to the TGA format. This is how you can convert TGA files to JPGs with the Convertio web tool.

So you can open TGA images in Windows 10 with Paint.NET, TGA Viewer and Universal Viewer. However, there are still quite a few more programs that support that file format.

Some of the photo viewers included in our list with the best photo viewers also open TGA files.


A TGA file is a file saved in the raster graphic format created by Truevision, which allows any raster-based image editor to open it easily.

TGA files can be opened with programs like Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Paint.NET, Corel PaintShop Pro, TGA Viewer, and other popular image editors.

  • How do I edit a TGA file?

Simply use a good image editor that supports the TGA file format.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2018 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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