.TFW File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .TFW extension:

World File for TIFF

World File for TIFF
  • Developer ESRI
  • Popularity
    3.3 (14 votes)
  • Category GIS Files
  • Format Text

TIFF world file used by GIS applications; contains the location, scale, and rotation of a map that is stored as a TIFF image; often used for saving the world location of an aerial satellite photograph; uses the same format as JPEG World files (.JPW).

TFW files are saved in a plain text format. They store a series of lines that specify the X and Y pixel size, rotational information, and the world coordinates for the top-left corner of the image.

NOTE: TFW world files do not store actual image data, but are typically saved as a separate file alongside a .TIF file.

Software's name License Platforms
Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper Commercial Windows
D&L OziExplorer D&L OziExplorer Free Trial Windows
ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop Commercial Windows
ESRI ArcReader ESRI ArcReader Free LinuxWindows

Updated: April 25, 2015

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