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Supported File Types

Supported Data Types

The following table lists the data types that ENVI supports.

  • Click on the hyperlinks for further instructions.
  • A separate NITF/NSIF license is required to view NITF files.
  • A selection under the Remote column indicates that you can open the data type through the Open Remote Dataset dialog and the Remote Connection Manager.

See the following sections:

Raster Formats


Data Type

Read

Write

Remote

Read Menu Option

File to Select

ADS40 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ADS40/ADS80

.tif

ADS80 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ADS40/ADS80

.tif

AIRSAR (JPL Stokes matrix format)

 

 

See Radar Tools.

.stk

AlSat-2A (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

metadata.dim

ALOS Level-1B2 AVNIR-2

 

 

File > Open

hdr*.txt

ALOS Level-1A and 1B1 AVNIR-2

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ALOS > AVNIR-2

img*

ALOS Level-1A and 1B1 PRISM

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ALOS > PRISM


File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ALOS > Open PRISM
with RPC Positioning (requires RPC* file)

img*

ALOS Level-1B2 PRISM

 

 

File > Open

hdr*.txt

ALOS-1 and -2 PALSAR (CEOS)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > ALOS-PALSAR

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ALOS > PALSAR

VOL* or LED*

ArcView® Raster (BIL)

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > ArcView Raster

See Save File as ArcView Raster.

.bil

ASCII (x,y,z and gridded)

 

File > Open As > Generic Formats > ASCII

See Save File As ASCII.

 

ASTER Level-1A and 1B (HDF-EOS)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EOS > ASTER

File > Open As > Thermal Sensors > ASTER

.hdf

ASTER Level-2 (HDF-EOS)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EOS > ASTER

File > Open As > Thermal Sensors > ASTER

.hdf

ASTER Level-3 DEM (HDF-EOS)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EOS

.hdf

ATSR GBT, GBROWSE, GSST

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > ATSR

 

AVHRR KLMN Level-1B

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > AVHRR > KLMN Level 1b

.1b

AVHRR SHARP (ESA)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > AVHRR > SHARP

dat*

AVHRR Quorum (HRPT)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > AVHRR > Quorum

.n1*

AVIRIS

 

 

File > Open

*_img.txt
*.rfl

BigTIFF

 

File > Open

.tif

Binary

 

 

File > Open As > Generic Formats > Binary

 

Bitmap (BMP)

 

 

File > Open

.bmp

CADRG

 

File > Open As > Military Formats > CADRG

See Save File As CADRG.

a.toc

Cartosat-1 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.tif

CIB

 

File > Open As > Military Formats > CIB

Also see Save File as CIB.

a.toc

COSMO-SkyMed Level-1A SCS, 1B DGM, 1C GEC, 1D GTC (HDF5)

 

 

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > COSMO-SkyMed

.h5

Deimos-1

 

 

File > Open

.dim

Deimos-2

 

 

File > Open

.dim

DMC UK-DMC Level-1R, 1T, 2R (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMC

.dim

DMC UK-DMC2 Level-1R, 1T, 2R (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMC

.dim

DMC ALSAT-1 Level-1R, 1T (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMC

.dim

DMC Beijing-1 Level-1R, 1T (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMC

.dim

DMC NigeriaSat-1 Level-1R, 1T (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMC

.dim

DMC NigeriaSat-2 Level-1R, 1T (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMC

.dim

DMSP

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DMSP (NOAA)

.tir
.vis

DPPDB (NITF)

 

 

File > Open

.ntf

DTED Level-0, 1, 2

 

File > Open

.dt*

DubaiSat-1 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.txt

DubaiSat-1 (RAW)

 

 

File > Open As > Generic Formats > Binary

.raw

DubaiSat-2 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.xml

ECRG

 

 

File > Open

toc.xml

ECW (Windows 32-bit only)

 

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > ECW

.ecw

ENVI classification file

 

File > Open

.dat
.img

ENVI meta file

 

File > Open

See Create ENVI Meta File.

 

ENVI raster

 

Read: File > Open

See Saving Files.

.dat
.img

Envisat AATSR Level-1B and 2

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Envisat > AATSR

ats*.n1

Envisat ASAR Level-1B

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Envisat > ASAR

asa*.n1

Envisat MERIS Level-1B and 2

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Envisat > MERIS

mer*.n1

EO-1 ALI (HDF4)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EO-1 > HDF4

_hdf.l1g

EO-1 ALI Level-1T (GeoTIFF)

 

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EO-1 > GeoTIFF

*_mtl.tif
*_mtl_l1t.tif
*_mtl_l1gst.txt

EO-1 Hyperion Level-1R (HDF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EO-1 > HDF4

.l1r

EO-1 Hyperion Level-1T (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EO-1 > GeoTIFF

*_l1t.tif

ER Mapper (unsigned integer data)

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > ER Mapper

See Save File as ER Mapper.

.ers

ERDAS IMAGINE

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > ERDAS

See Save File as ERDAS IMAGINE.

.ige, .img

EROS A Level-1A

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EROS > Level 1A

.1a

EROS A Level-1B (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EROS > Level 1B (GeoTIFF)

.1b

ERS-1 Level-0, SLC (CEOS generic)

 

 

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > ERS

dat*.001

ERS-2 Level-0, SLC (CEOS generic)

 

 

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > ERS

dat*.001

Esri® Enterprise Geodatabase (Raster dataset),
ArcGIS® 10.3 and earlier

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

See Save to a Geodatabase.

.sde

Esri File Geodatabase (Raster dataset)

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

See Save to a Geodatabase.

.gdb

Esri Personal Geodatabase (Raster dataset)

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

See Save to a Geodatabase.

.mdb

Esri GRID (single band)

 

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > ESRI GRID

hdr.adf

Esri GRID Stack 7.x (multispectral)

 

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > ESRI GRID

hdr.adf

Esri Image Services (JPEG, TIFF, PNG)

 

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

.jpg
.tif
.png

Esri Mosaic datasets (JPEG, TIFF, PNG)

 

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

.jpg
.tif
.png

FormoSat-2

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > FormoSat > FormoSat-2

.dim

FormoSat-5

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > FormoSat > FormoSat-5

.dim

Gaofen-1

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > CRESDA > GF-1

*.xml
Gaofen-2     File > Open As > Optical Sensors > CRESDA > GF-2
*.xml

GeoEye-1 (NITF)

 

 

File > Open

.pvl

GeoEye-1 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > GeoEye-1 PVL

*_metadata.txt

GeoEye-1 (DigitalGlobe format)

   

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > GeoEye-1 Tiled (.TIL)

.til

GIF

 

 

File > Open

.gif

GeoTIFF

 

File > Open

.tif

GOES-16 (NetCDF-4)

 

 

File > Open

.nc

Göktürk-2 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

package.xml

GRIB-1

 

 

File > Open

.grb

GRIB-2

 

 

File > Open

.grb2

HDF-EOS

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EOS > ASTER

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EOS > MODIS

.hdf, .he5

HDF4

 

 

File > Open (certain formats)

File > Open As > Scientific Formats > HDF4

.hdf

HDF5

 

 

File > Open (certain formats)

File > Open As > Scientific Formats > HDF5

.h5, .hdf5

Himawari-8 (NetCDF-3)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Himawari-8

.nc

IAS (JPEG2000, NITF)

 

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

.jp2
.j2c
.jpx

IKONOS (NITF)

 

 

File > Open

metadata.txt

IKONOS (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > IKONOS

metadata.txt
JERS-1     File > Open As > Radar Sensors > JERS
.dat

JPEG

    File > Open
.jpg
.jpeg

JPEG2000

File > Open

See Save File as JPEG2000.

.jp2
.j2k

JPIP (JPEG2000)

 

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

.jp2
.j2c
.jpx

KOMPSAT-2 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.xml
KOMPSAT-3 (GeoTIFF)     File > Open
.xml

KOMPSAT-3A (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.xml

Landsat 4, 5 TM files
with Metadata (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

*_mtl.txt
*_wo.txt
.met

Landsat 7 ETM+ files
with Metadata (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

*_mtl.txt
*_wo.txt
.met

Landsat 8 OLI/TIRS files
with Metadata (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

*_mtl.txt
.xml

Landsat 8 Surface Reflectance

 

 

File > Open

*_mtl.txt
.xml

Landsat ACRES CCRS

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > ACRES > CCRS

imag*.dat

Landsat ESA CEOS

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > ESA CEOS

dat*.xxx

Landsat TM Fast

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > Fast

header.dat

Landsat 7 Fast
Pan data, Band 8

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > Fast

*_hpn.fst

Landsat 7 Fast
VNIR/SWIR data, Bands 1-5 and 7

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > Fast

*_hrf.fst

Landsat 7 Fast
thermal data, Bands 61-62

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > Fast

*_htm.fst

Landsat HDF4

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > HDF4

.hdf

Landsat MRLC

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > MRLC

.dda

Landsat NLAPS

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Landsat > NLAPS

.h*

LAS LiDAR versions 1.0 through 1.4

   

See Open LAS Format LiDAR Files and 3D LiDAR Viewer.

.las

MASTER (HDF4)

 

 

File > Open As > Thermal Sensors > MASTER

.hdf

MIE4NITF

 

 

File > Open As > Military Formats > MIE4NITF

.ntf

MODIS Level-1B through 4 (HDF-EOS)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > EOS > MODIS

.hdf

MrSID (Windows and Linux only)

 

 

File > Open

.sid

Multi-page TIFF

 

 

File > Open As > Series will open the file as a raster series.

File > Open will open the file as a multi-band image, where each page is a single image.

.tif
NetCDF-3

 

 

File > Open As > Scientific Formats > NetCDF-3

.nc, .cdf

NetCDF-4

 

 

File > Open As > Scientific Formats > NetCDF-4

.nc

NigeriaSat-1 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.dim

NigeriaSat-2 (TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.dim

NITF 1.1 (license required)

 

 

File > Open

.ntf

NITF 2.0 (license required)

 

File > Open

.ntf

NITF 2.1 (license required)

 

File > Open

See Saving NITF Files.

.ntf

NSIF 1.0 (license required)

 

File > Open

See Saving NITF Files.

.nsf

NPP VIIRS (HDF5)

 

 

File > Open

.h5

OGC WCS (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF/GeoTIFF)

 

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

.gif
.jpg
.jpeg
.png
.tif
OGC WMS (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF/GeoTIFF)  

File > Open Remote Dataset

File > Remote Connection Manager

.gif
.jpg
.jpeg
.png
.tif

OrbView-3 (NITF, TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > OrbView-3

.pvl

PCI

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > PCI

See Save File as PCI.

.pix

PDS

 

 

File > Open

.lb1
.pds

PeruSat-1

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > PeruSat

dim*.xml

PICT

 

 

File > Open As > Generic Formats > PICT

.pic
PlanetScope    

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Planet > PlanetScope

*_metadata.xml

Pleiades-HR DIMAP V1

 

 

File > Open

PHRDIMAP.xml

Pleiades-HR 1A, 1B Primary and Ortho

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > Pleiades > DIMAP (*.DIM)

dim*.xml

Pleiades-HR DIMAP V2 (JPEG2000, TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > Pleiades > DIMAP (.DIM)

dim*.xml

Pleiades-HR mosaic tiles

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > Pleiades > Tiled (.TIL)

.til

PNG

 

 

File > Open

.png

Proba-V (HDF5)

   

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Proba-V

.h5

QuickBird (DigitalGlobe format)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > QuickBird

.til

QuickBird (NITF)

 

 

File > Open

.ntf

QuickBird (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.tif

RADARSAT-1 (CEOS)

 

 

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > RADARSAT

dat*.001

RADARSAT-2 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > RADARSAT

.tif

RapidEye Level-1B Basic (NITF, GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Planet > RapidEye

*_metadata.xml

RapidEye Level-3A Ortho (NITF, GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Planet > RapidEye

.ntf
.tif

RapidEye Level-3B Area-based Ortho (GeoTIFF)

   

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Planet > RapidEye

.tif

RASAT

 

 

File > Open

package.xml

ResourceSat-1 Fast

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > IRS > Fast

header.dat

ResourceSat-1 Super Structured

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > IRS > Super Structured

leader*

ResourceSat-2 (HDF5)

 

 

File > Open

.h5

SeaWiFS LAC 1B, 2A, 2B (CEOS)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > SeaWiFS > CEOS

image*

SeaWiFS Level-1A, 1B (HDF4)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > SeaWiFS > HDF4

*.l1a*
*.l1b*
Sentinel-2    

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > European Space Agency > Sentinel-2

*.xml
Sentinel-3    

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > European Space Agency > Sentinel-3 OLCI

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > European Space Agency > Sentinel-3 SLSTR

*.xml

SICD (NITF)

   

File > Open As > Radar Formats > SICD

.ntf

SIR-C / X-SAR

 

 

See Radar Tools.

.cdp

SkySat-1, 2 (TIFF)

   

File > Open

*_metadata.txt

SPOT ACRES

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > ACRES SPOT

.dat

SPOT CAP

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > SPOT

.dat

SPOT GeoSPOT

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > GeoSPOT

.tif, .bil

SPOT Level-1A, 2A, 1B

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > SPOT

.dat

SPOT mosaic tiles

 

 

File > Open

.til

SPOT 2-5 DIMAP V1 (BIL, TIFF)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > DIMAP (.DIM)

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > DIMAP (.XML)

metadata.dim
*.xml

SPOT 6 DIMAP V2 (JPEG2000, TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

DIM*.xml

SPOT 7 DIMAP V2 (JPEG2000, TIFF)

 

 

File > Open

DIM*.xml

SPOT SISA

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > SPOT

.dat

SPOT Vegetation (HDF4)

 

 

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > Airbus > SPOT > Vegetation

.hdf

SRF

 

 

File > Open As > Generic Formats > SRF

.srf

SRTM DEM

 

 

File > Open As > Digital Elevation > SRTM DEM

.hgt

SSOT DIMAP V2

 

 

File > Open

metadata.dim

TFRD (license required)

 

 

File > Open

.tfd
.isd

TIFF

 

File > Open

.tif

Multi-page TIFF

 

 

File > Open As > Series will open the file as a raster series.

File > Open will open the file as a multi-band image, where each page is a single image.

.tif

TIMS

 

 

File > Open As > Thermal Sensors > TIMS

 

TOPSAR Correlation Image, Incidence Angle, DEM

 

 

File > Open As > Radar Sensors > TOPSAR

 

TripleSat (DIMAP)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > TripleSat

*.dim

TripleSat (XML)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > TripleSat

*.xml
UrtheCast Theia    

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > UrtheCast Theia

*.xml

USGS DOQ

 

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > USGS > DOQ

.tif

USGS DRG

 

 

File > Open As > GIS Formats > USGS > DRG

.tif

USGS Native DEM

 

 

File > Open As > Digital Elevation > USGS DEM

File > Open As > GIS Formats > USGS > DEM

 

USGS SDTS DEM

 

 

File > Open As > Digital Elevation > USGS SDTS DEM

File > Open As > Digital Elevation > USGS > SDTS DEM

 

VNREDSat-1

 

 

File > Open

metadata.dim

WorldView-1 (DigitalGlobe format)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > WorldView-1

.til

WorldView-1 (NITF)

 

 

File > Open

.ntf

WorldView-1 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.tif

WorldView-2 (DigitalGlobe format)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > WorldView-2

.til

WorldView-2 (NITF)

 

 

File > Open
.ntf

WorldView-2 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open
.tif

WorldView-3 (DigitalGlobe format)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > WorldView-3

.til

WorldView-3 (NITF)

 

 

File > Open
.ntf

WorldView-3 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open
.tif

WorldView-4 (DigitalGlobe format)

 

 

File > Open

File > Open As > Optical Sensors > DigitalGlobe > WorldView-4

.til

WorldView-4 (NITF)

 

 

File > Open

.ntf

WorldView-4 (GeoTIFF)

 

 

File > Open

.tif

XWD

 

 

File > Open As > Generic Formats > XWD

.xwd
Ziyuan-1-02C     File > Open As > Optical Sensors > CRESDA > ZY-1-02C

*.orientation.xml, *.xml, *-MUX.xml, *-PAN.xml

Ziyuan-3A     File > Open As > Optical Sensors > CRESDA > ZY-3

*.orientation.xml, *.xml, *-NAD.xml

Vector Formats


Data Type

Read

Write

Remote

ENVI vector format (EVF)

 

Esri Enterprise Geodatabase (Feature class)

 

Esri File Geodatabase (Feature class)

 

Esri Personal Geodatabase (Feature class)

 

Esri Layers, including files that reference Esri Image Services

 

 

Esri Shapefile (excluding Z and M polygons)

 

OGC GeoPackage vector file (.gpkg)    

Video Formats


The combination of video file format and codec used for video streaming determines whether ENVI can read a particular video file.

Data Type

Read

Write

File to Select

Adobe Flash (FLV)

.f4v, .flv

Adobe Shockwave Flash (SWF)

.swf

Animated GIF

.gif

Apple QuickTime

.mov

Audio Video Interleaved (AVI)

.avi

Google WebM Matroska

.webm

Matroska Video

 

.mkv

Motion JPEG

.mjpeg, .mjpg

Motion JPEG2000

 

.mj2

MPEG-1 Part 2

 

.mpeg, .mpg, .mp1, .m2v

MPEG-2 Transport Stream

 

.ts

MPEG-2 Part 2

 

 

.mpeg, .mpg, .mp2, .mpg2, .mpeg2, .mpv, .m2v

MPEG-4 Part 12 / 3GPP / 3GPP2

 

 

.3gp, .3g2

MPEG-4 Part 14

.h264, .mp4, .mpeg4, .mpg4

Video Codec Formats

Codecs are used to encode data streams for transmission, storage, or encryption; and to decode the data streams for video playback.

Name

Description

Read

Write

FLV

Adobe Flash Video:
  FLV
  Sorenson Spark
  Sorenson H.263

GIF

 

H.263

H.263-1996
H.263+
H.263-1998
H.263 Version 2

H.264

MPEG-4 Part 10:
  H.264
  AVC

 

MJPEG

Motion JPEG

MPEG1 Video

MPEG-1:
  H.261

 

MPEG2 Video

MPEG-2:
  H.222
  H.262

 

MPEG4

MPEG-4 Part 2

MSMPEG4V1

MPEG-4 Part 2 Microsoft Variant Version 1  

MSMPEG4V2

MPEG-4 Part 2 Microsoft Variant Version 2

MSMPEG4

MPEG-4 Part 2 Microsoft Variant Version 3

RAW

Raw video (uncompressed)  



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