Chrome, Chromebooks now support RAW image files!


Photographers rejoice! Chrome and Chrome OS’ chrome.mediaGalleries API now support more RAW picture formats and the list has gotten pretty big. Most photographers who take their images seriously shoot RAW images instead of using formats like .jpeg. This allows them to use the uncompressed, complete image data for better end results.

This may not be a big deal for Chrome users who use a desktop for work, they can already use other desktop programs for viewing and editing RAW images. Chromebook owners will be most excited about this update. The Chrome OS platform is starting to accomplish more and more. I have showed you how one can even do video editing on a Chromebook, and there are many cloud photo editors out there, as well. Having RAW compatibility can change everything for a photographer.

RAW formats supported by Chrome

  • .3fr Hasselblad
  • .arw Sony
  • .cr2 Canon
  • .crw Canon
  • .dcr Kodak
  • .dng Adobe, Leica, Ricoh, Samsung
  • .erf Epson
  • .k25 Kodak
  • .kdc Kodak
  • .mef Mamiya
  • .mos Leaf
  • .mrw Minolta
  • .nef Nikon
  • .orf Olympus
  • .pef Pentax
  • .raf Fuji
  • .raw Leica, Panasonic, Phase One – TIFF
  • .rw2 Panasonic
  • .sr2 Sony
  • .srf Sony
  • .x3f Sigma

As a Photography enthusiast, I always shoot my images in RAW (at least the ones where I care about quality). I can’t express how excited I am about this update. I am just hoping for a good web photo editor to come to Chrome. Hopefully sometime soon Adobe will have its apps available completely in the cloud. They have already moved to a subscription payment system, why not set up some servers and allow for cloud photo editing?

[Chromium via Fran├žois Beaufort]

  • When I open my .cr2 files, I still get an error message stating now a supported format. What do I need to do to be able to open my RAW files?

  • Lisa

    I have the same question. I use a Pentax and shoot in RAW files with PEF extensions. Is there some app I need or action I need to take?

  • Scott Calkins

    Seems to be a no go here as well. I am on the developer channel as well and still a error of not supported

  • Chris Stitt

    Yeah I shoot with Panasonic and have plenty of rw2 files I can’t open on my chromebook. What can I do to fix this?

  • Anyone figured this out? I’m trying to open them and it just keeps saying unsupported?

  • mark wellenberger

    In guess this article is plain wrong. since there is no way to show RAW files atm…

  • Peter Sellmer

    In order to view raw files in a chromebook you need to install the POLARR photo editing app. It worked perfectly with my Panasonic rw2 files so hopefully will work with other formats as well

  • Kiwadian

    I know this is 3 years old but I just installed polarr to edit my .rw2 files on my chromebook. I’m finding that when I open the .rw2 file, it’s only opening the image in 2.76MP resolution, not the 20.3MP resolution that it’s shot in. I can only assume it’s only opening the imbedded jpeg version of the image for some reason. Am I doing something wrong?