This document provides an overview of file formats supported in Illustrator. For information about specific formats and their use, see Illustrator Help.

Changes to file-format support in Illustrator CS6, CC 2015

Formats that cannot be opened in Illustrator CS6, CC 2015:

  • FreeHand (fh7, fh8, fh9, fh10, fh11, ft11)

Formats that cannot be placed in Illustrator CS6, CC 2015:

  • FreeHand (fh7, fh8, fh9, fh10, fh11, ft11)

Formats that cannot be exported through the Save for web feature:

  • HTML (html)

File formats supported for opening

  • Adobe Idea file (idea) (Illustrator CS6 only)
  • Adobe PDF (pdf)
  • AutoCAD Interchange File (dxf)
  • AutoCAD Drawing (dwg)
  • FreeHand (fh7, fh8, fh9, fh10, fh11, ft11)
  • FXG (fxg)
  • GIF89a (gif)
  • JPEG (jpg, jpe, jpeg)
  • JPEG2000 (jpf, jpx, jp2, j2k, j2c, jpc)
  • Macintosh PICT (pic, pct)
  • Enhanced Metafile (emf)
  • Windows Metafile (wmf)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (eps, epsf, ps)
  • Text (txt)
  • Microsoft Word DOCX (docx)
  • Microsoft Word (doc)
  • Microsoft RTF (rtf)
  • CorelDRAW 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (cdr)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (cgm)
  • TIFF (tif, tiff)
  • Photoshop (psd, pdd)
  • BMP (bmp, rle, dib)
  • PCX (pcx)
  • Pixar (pxr)
  • PNG (png)
  • Targa (tga, vda, icb, vst)
  • SVG Compressed (svgz)
  • SVG (svg)
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai, ait)
  • Illustrator EPS (eps, epsf, ps)

File formats supported for placing

  • Adobe PDF (pdf)
  • AutoCAD Interchange File (dxf)
  • AutoCAD Drawing (dwg)
  • FXG (fxg)
  • GIF89a (gif)
  • JPEG (jpg, jpe, jpeg)
  • JPEG2000 (jpf, jpx, jp2, j2k, j2c, jpc)
  • Macintosh PICT (pic, pct)
  • Enhanced Metafile (emf)
  • Windows Metafile (wmf)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (eps, epsf, ps)
  • Text (txt)
  • Microsoft Word DOCX (docx)
  • Microsoft Word (doc)
  • Microsoft RTF (rtf)
  • CorelDRAW 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (cdr)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (cgm)
  • TIFF (tif, tiff)
  • Photoshop (psd, pdd)
  • BMP (bmp, rle, dib)
  • PCX (pcx)
  • Pixar (pxr)
  • PNG (png)
  • Targa (tga, vda, icb, vst)
  • SVG Compressed (svgz)
  • SVG (svg)
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai, ait)

File formats supported for saving

  • Adobe Illustrator (ai)
  • Illustrator eps (eps)
  • Illustrator Template (ait)
  • Adobe PDF (pdf)
  • FXG (fxg)
  • SVG Compressed (svgz)
  • SVG (svg)

File formats supported for exporting

  • PNG (png)
  • BMP (bmp)
  • AutoCAD Drawing (dwg)
  • AutoCAD Interchange File (dxf)
  • Enhanced Metafile (emf)
  • Flash (swf)
  • JPEG (jpg)
  • Macintosh PICT (pct)
  • Photoshop (psd)
  • TIFF (tif)
  • Targa (tga)
  • Text Format (txt)
  • Windows Metafile (wmf)

File formats supported for saving for web and devices

  • HTML (html)
  • Image (gif)
  • JPEG (jpg)
  • PNG (png)

File formats supported for Microsoft Office

  • PNG (png)

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