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What is ECW file?


The ECW file extension is the standard file extension for an Enhanced Compression Wavelet Image file. This type of file contains a representation of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan. Often these images are used in medical research to help diagnose illnesses and conditions in the body.

ECW Format details


Full Name Enhanced Compression Wavelet Image
Developer ERDAS
Category Raster Image Files

Tools that will help you view ECW files


Sometimes you need to quickly preview the contents of a file with the ECW extension. In such a situation, many people decide to find a tool that, according to its creators, can display the contents of the ECW file and many other types of files (All in One Viewer).

Of course, there are such tools. However, it should be remembered that they may display the data contained in the ECW file differently than the application dedicated to handling the ECW file extension. When you cannot afford to have the data of the ECW file displayed different from the original, you should use the applications developed to work with the ECW file.

Below you will find a list of software programs that will help you with this. These software programs will help you view the content of the ECW file, minimizing possible errors that may arise with other tools.


ECW File Viewers

  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • XnView
  • IrfanView
  • FME Desktop
  • TatukGIS Viewer
  • Falcon View
  • 6 ECW viewers