RTF File Extension

Rich Text Format File Type

Extension .rtf
Developer Microsoft
Popularity 5.0 (231 Votes)
Mime Type application/rtf
Default Program Apple TextEdit
Category Common File Types
Format Text
Updated 8/1/2022

What is a RTF File Type?

The Rich Text Format (RTF) was introduced by Microsoft in 1987 and developed until 2008 when Microsoft stopped updating the format. Over the years there have been many revisions to the RTF format, with most word processors supporting any version of the format.

One of the main advantages of RTF files is their interoperability between word processing and d'systems. This means that you can save the file to WordPad under Windows and l' open in TextEdit under OS X with little change in formatting. Any formatting changes can be attributed to different versions of the RTF supported by different programs and program versions.



RTF file extension is created by Microsoft, also known as Rich Text Format File. RTF has been classified as Common File Types. You can open and render the contents of this file in a Text Editor. You can open RTF files in Apple TextEdit program.

What is a Default RTF File Name?

New Rich Text Document.rtf - New RTF files created via the Windows context menu (right click in a folder and choose New & amp; rarr; Rich Text Document) are named by default.

Free online RTF Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .RTF (Rich Text Format File) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to RTF, merge, split and compare the RTF files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.

RTF Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Rich Text Format File .RTF File Extensions while opening the .RTF files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open RTF Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Rich Text Format File on your system such as Apple TextEdit.
  2. Associate default Apple Apple TextEdit program for *.rtf (Rich Text Format File) files.

    Associate RTF Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.RTF (e.g example.rtf) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Apple Apple TextEdit program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .rtf files.

    Associate RTF Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.RTF (e.g example.rtf) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Apple Apple TextEdit program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .Apple TextEdit extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.

All Platform Software Programs for RTF File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the RTF files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open RTF File on Windows

Software License Developer
AbiSource AbiWord image. AbiSource AbiWord 3 for Windows  Open abisource website. Open Source AbiSource
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Windows  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Aspose Aspose.Total for .NET image. Aspose Aspose.Total for .NET 16.3.0 for Windows  Open aspose website. Commercial Aspose
Calibre image. Calibre 3 for Windows  Open calibre website. Open Source Calibre
ACD Systems Canvas image. ACD Systems Canvas X 2019 for Windows  Open acd systems website. Commercial ACD Systems
Cool Reader image. Cool Reader 3 for Windows  Open cool reader website. Open Source Cool Reader
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite image. Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 for Windows  Open corel website. Commercial Corel
Thomson Reuters EndNote image. Thomson Reuters EndNote X7 for Windows  Open thomson reuters website. Commercial Thomson Reuters
Adobe FreeHand image. Adobe FreeHand 11 for Windows  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Adobe Illustrator image. Adobe Illustrator 2020 for Windows  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Seavus iMindQ image. Seavus iMindQ 6 for Windows  Open seavus website. Commercial Seavus
Adobe InDesign image. Adobe InDesign 2020 for Windows  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Wolfram Research Mathematica image. Wolfram Research Mathematica 9 for Windows  Open wolfram research website. Commercial Wolfram Research
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Ability Office image. Ability Office 6 for Windows  Open ability website. Commercial Ability
Kofax OmniPage image. Kofax OmniPage ULTIMATE 19 for Windows  Open kofax website. Commercial Kofax
Nuance PDF Converter Professional image. Nuance PDF Converter Professional 8 for Windows  Open nuance website. Commercial Nuance
Microsoft PowerPoint image. Microsoft PowerPoint 365 for Windows  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
IMSI TurboPDF image. IMSI TurboPDF 7 for Windows  Open imsi website. Commercial IMSI
Microsoft Word image. Microsoft Word 365 for Windows  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft WordPad image. Microsoft WordPad 6 for Windows  Open microsoft website. Bundled Microsoft
Corel WordPerfect image. Corel WordPerfect 2020 for Windows  Open corel website. Commercial Corel
Microsoft Works image. Microsoft Works 9 for Windows  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for Windows  Open kingsoft website. Freeware Kingsoft

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen RTF File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for MacOs  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Calibre image. Calibre 3 for MacOs  Open calibre website. Open Source Calibre
Cool Reader image. Cool Reader 3 for MacOs  Open cool reader website. Open Source Cool Reader
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite image. Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 for MacOs  Open corel website. Commercial Corel
Google Drive image. Google Drive 2020 for MacOs  Open google website. Freeware Google
Thomson Reuters EndNote image. Thomson Reuters EndNote X7 for MacOs  Open thomson reuters website. Commercial Thomson Reuters
Adobe FreeHand image. Adobe FreeHand 11 for MacOs  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Adobe Illustrator image. Adobe Illustrator 2020 for MacOs  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Seavus iMindQ image. Seavus iMindQ 6 for MacOs  Open seavus website. Commercial Seavus
Adobe InDesign image. Adobe InDesign 2020 for MacOs  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
LyxMac image. LyxMac 2 for MacOs  Open lyxmac website. Freeware LyXMac
Wolfram Research Mathematica image. Wolfram Research Mathematica 9 for MacOs  Open wolfram research website. Commercial Wolfram Research
Planamesa NeoOffice image. Planamesa NeoOffice 2017 for MacOs  Open planamesa website. Commercial Planamesa
Microsoft Office image. Microsoft Office 2019 for MacOs  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Nuance OmniPage Pro X image. Nuance OmniPage Pro X 1 for MacOs  Open nuance website. Commercial Nuance
Apple Pages image. Apple Pages 6 for MacOs  Open apple website. Commercial Apple
Microsoft PowerPoint image. Microsoft PowerPoint 365 for MacOs  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac image. Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2019 for MacOs  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Apple TextEdit image. Apple TextEdit 1.15 for MacOs  Open apple website. Bundled Apple
Microsoft Word image. Microsoft Word 365 for MacOs  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Microsoft Word for Mac image. Microsoft Word for Mac 2019 for MacOs  Open microsoft website. Commercial Microsoft
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for MacOs  Open kingsoft website. Freeware Kingsoft

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen RTF file on Linux

Software License Developer
AbiSource AbiWord image. AbiSource AbiWord 3 for Linux  Open abisource website. Open Source AbiSource
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Linux  Open adobe website. Commercial Adobe
Calibre image. Calibre 3 for Linux  Open calibre website. Open Source Calibre
Cool Reader image. Cool Reader 3 for Linux  Open cool reader website. Open Source Cool Reader
Wolfram Research Mathematica image. Wolfram Research Mathematica 9 for Linux  Open wolfram research website. Commercial Wolfram Research
Kingsoft WPS Office image. Kingsoft WPS Office 2019 for Linux  Open kingsoft website. Freeware Kingsoft

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen RTF file on Web

Software License Developer
Google Drive image. Google Drive 2020 for Web  Open google website. Freeware Google

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen RTF file on iOS

Software License Developer
Seavus iMindQ image. Seavus iMindQ 6 for iOS  Open seavus website. Commercial Seavus
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro image. MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro 8 for iOS  Open mobisystems website. Commercial MobiSystems

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen RTF file on Android

Software License Developer
Cool Reader image. Cool Reader 3 for Android  Open cool reader website. Open Source Cool Reader
Seavus iMindQ image. Seavus iMindQ 6 for Android  Open seavus website. Commercial Seavus
SoftMaker Office HD PlanMaker BASIC image. SoftMaker Office HD PlanMaker BASIC 2016.7 for Android  Open softmaker website. Freeware SoftMaker
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro image. MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro 8 for Android  Open mobisystems website. Commercial MobiSystems

About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
  2. Free This software is liberal to use. Examples include open-source , freeware software, like free programs supported by advertising.
  3. Free+ This software is liberal to download and use, but contains in-app purchases (IAP) to unlock additional content or functionality.
  4. Paid This software must be purchased so as to use it. it's going to be offered as a perpetual license or ongoing subscription.
  5. Included with OS This software is bundled with an OS , like Windows, macOS, or Android.

RTF file extension icon image.About RTF - Rich Text Format File

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Updated 8/1/2022


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