File Viewer

Developer: Sharpened Productions

Current Version: 1.4

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 3.1 MB - Download


File Viewer allows you to view any file on your Mac. Simply drag and drop any file or folder onto the program window. File Viewer supports playback of many common audio and video formats, and can display many image, Web, and page layout file types. This utility also provides, text, hexadecimal, and icon views to help you inspect the contents of each file.

With File Viewer, you can identify unknown file types and locate programs that open them. The software is linked to the database, the Central File Extensions Registry, which contains thousands of file extension entries. File Viewer matches each opened file to the database and displays a list of corresponding file types.


- View any file on your Mac
- Display Native, Text, Hexadecimal, and Icon views for each file
- Search the contents of each file
- Identify unknown file types via the database

Over 60 Supported File Types:


- AAC Audio File (*.aac)
- AC3 Audio File (*.ac3)
- AMR Audio File (*.amr)
- Audio File (*.au)
- AIFF Audio File (*.aif, *.aiff)
- Compressed AIFF Audio File (*.aifc)
- Core Audio File (*.caf, *.caff)
- Global System for Mobile Audio File (*.gsm)
- iTunes Ringtone File (*.m4r)
- Karaoke Audio File (*.kar)
- MIDI File (*.mid, *.midi)
- MP3 Audio File (*.mp3)
- MPEG-2 Audio File (*.mp2)
- MPEG-4 Audio Book File (*.m4b)
- MPEG-4 Audio File (*.m4a)
- Protected MPEG-4 Audio File (*.m4p)
- Wave Audio File (*.wav, *.wave)


- 3GPP Multimedia File (*.3gp, *.3gpp, *.3gp2)
- 3GPP2 Multimedia File (*.3g2)
- AVI Video File† (*.avi)
- FLIC Animation (*.flc, *.fli, *.flic)
- iTunes Video File (*.m4v)
- MPEG Video (*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.mpe)
- MPEG-2 Video File (*.m2v, *.mp2v, *.mpg2)
- MPEG-4 Video File (*.mp4, *.mpg4)
- Quartz Composition (*.qtz)
- QuickTime Movie (*.mov, *.moov)

Page Layout

- Encapsulated PostScript† (*.eps, *.epsf)
- Microsoft Word Document† (*.doc)
- Microsoft Word Open XML Document† (*.docx)
- Portable Document Format (*.pdf)
- PostScript† (*.ps)


- JPEG Image (*.jpg, *.jpeg, *.jpe)
- PNG Image (*.png)
- BMP Image (*.bmp)
- GIF Image (*.gif)
- TIFF Image (*.tif, *.tiff)
- JPEG 2000 Image (*.jp2, *.jpx, *.j2k)
- TARGA Image (*.tga)
- Mac OS X Icon File (*.icns)
- Windows Icon File (*.ico)
- Windows Cursor File (*.cur)
- Photoshop Document (*.psd)
- Adobe RAW (*.dng)
- Canon RAW 2 (*.cr2)
- Canon RAW (*.crw)
- Nikon RAW (*.nef)
- Minolta RAW (*.mrw)
- Sony RAW (*.arw)
- Olympus RAW (*.orf)
- OpenEXR (*.exr)
- QuickTime Image (*.qtif)
- Macintosh PICT Image (*.pct, *.pict)
- Silicon Graphics Image (*.sgi)
- MacPaint Image (*.mac)


- HTML File (*.html, *.htm, *.xhtml)
- Safari Web Archive (*.webarchive)


- Configuration File (*.cfg, *.conf, *.cnf, *.config)
- Plain Text (*.txt)
- Rich Text File (*.rtf)
- XML File (*.xml)

Operating System

- Mac OS X Alias (shortcut)
- Mac OS X Folder
- Mac OS X Package (*.app, *.bundle, etc.)
- Mac OS X Volume

† AVI files: some codecs may not be supported
† EPS and PS files: single-page documents only supported
† DOC and DOCX files: text and basic formatting supported, not graphics


Release Notes:

- Updated for Mavericks
- Added a preferences window with display options for the file info panel
- Added additional image metadata information
- Fixed some stability issues

*Note to upgrading users: The 1.4 release no longer supports the .SWF format.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2
Review by perlfoto

REALLY helpful! - I was stuck with a series of text documents created in 1994 using Ami Pro, a now extinct word processing program (.sam file extension). File Viewer recognized and opened these files allowing me complete access to the content I needed. Very impressive.

Found helpful by 20 out of 22 people
Version 1.2
Review by Skipper3210

Config - I needed this to edit a MC mod config file, so I open it but then I cant edit it, this is useless!

Found helpful by 16 out of 63 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.4
Review by kentuckywisconsin

File Viewer - I was unable to open files on icloud mail that have extetiion:part after my Maverick upgrade. Thanks to file viewer I am able to view all. I would like a fix for printing- now I have to copy and paste to a Word document to print.

Found helpful by 8 out of 9 people
Version 1.4
Review by Muir69

Limited in use - Won't save in other usable formats. Used Photoshop to convert .png to .jpeg

Found helpful by 7 out of 12 people
Version 1.4
Review by Ezo 1362

THANK YOU - It opened the files you can not usually use. even exec. files!

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.4
Review by theluckyduke

PICT files not well supported - I don’t think this application solves my niche problem any better than stuff I already have (Graphic Converter and iDraw). Although the application claims support for old file types like .PICT, I’m not having much luck with them. My files are from .pict files exported from Claris CAD and such. Maybe they’ve lost their resource fork or something. Maybe you have to tag an extension onto them or maybe it’s just not possible to read the old .PICT files when they have vector information in them. Most are called a Unix executable file by the current Finder and that’s what this app calls them but they don’t get displayed. I’ve been looking for this for a long time with no luck.

Found helpful by 6 out of 11 people
Version 1.4
Review by _Nickname_?

Swf - Most swf games work in this program but, the frame isnt wide enough to show the whole entire game and there is no option for full screen. Please fix this

Found helpful by 5 out of 9 people