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Supported file formats

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Learn about the different file formats supported in InDesign.

This document provides an overview of file formats supported in InDesign. See Placing graphics for more information on how to open, import, export, and save files.

File > Open

You can open the following file formats in InDesign:

Extension

File name

Version

Comments

indd

InDesign document

CC and earlier

 

indl

InDesign library

CC and earlier

 

indt

InDesign template

CC and earlier

 

indb

InDesign book

CC and earlier

 

inx

InDesign interchange

CS4 and earlier

 

idml

InDesign Markup Language

CC and earlier

 

pmd

Adobe PageMaker

6.0 - 7.0

 

xqx

QuarkXPress Passport

4.1.x

Save newer versions in Quark to these accepted versions

xqx

QuarkXPress

3.3 - 4.1.x

Save newer versions in Quark to these accepted versions

File > Save As

Extension

File name

Version

indd

InDesign document

CC and earlier

indt

InDesign template

CC and earlier

idml

InDesign Markup Language

CC and earlier

File > New

Extension

File name

Version

indd

InDesign document

CC and earlier

indl

InDesign Library

CC and earlier

indb

InDesign Book

CC and earlier

File > Export

You can export the following file formats from InDesign:

Extension

File name

Version

Comments

pdf

Portable Document Format

PDF 1.3 - 1.7

Since ID CS3 support of multipage PDF files

eps

Encapsulated PostScript

PS level 2 - 3

 

idml

InDesign Markup Language

CC

Export not applicable for InCopy.

jpg, jpeg

Joint Photographic Experts Group

Export not applicable for InCopy.

xml

Extensible Markup Language

txt

Adobe InDesign Tagged Text

icml

Adobe InCopy document

CC

Export not applicable for InCopy.

rtf

Rich Text Format

epub

Open Publication Structure eBook

Export not applicable for InCopy.

html

Hypertext Markup Language

Export not applicable for InCopy.

png

Portable Network Graphic

Export not applicable for InCopy.

idms

InDesign Snippet

Not applicable for InCopy.

Note:

For backward compatibility to InDesign CS4 export to InDesign Markup Language (idml). For backward compatibility to InDesign CS3, open the .idml in CS4 and export as InDesign CS3 Interchange (inx).

File > Place formats (Import in graphics and text files)

These file formats can be brought into InDesign using the Place command.

Extension

File name

Version

Comments

pdf

Portable Document Format

PDF 1.3 - 1.7

Since ID CS3 support of multipage PDF files

eps

Encapsulated PostScript

PS level 2 - 3

jpg, jpeg

Joint Photographic Experts Group

rtf

Rich Text Format

heif

High-Efficiency Image Format

18.0 and later

This format isn't backward compatible. If you face an issue exporting to pdf or opening in an earlier version, delete the image and try again.

heic

High Efficiency Image Container

18.0 and later

This format isn't backward compatible. If you face an issue exporting to pdf or opening in an earlier version, delete the image and try again.

webp

Web Picture

18.0 and later

This format isn't backward compatible. If you face an issue exporting to pdf or opening in an earlier version, delete the image and try again.

jp2k

JPEG 2000

18.0 and later

This format isn't backward compatible. If you face an issue exporting to pdf or opening in an earlier version, delete the image and try again.

mp4

MPEG-4 Video

H.264 encoding

mov

QuickTime Video

H.264 encoding

idms

InDesign Snippet

Not applicable for InCopy.

Extension

File name

txt

Text only

tiff

Tagged Image File Format

gif

Graphic Interchange Format

bmp

Bitmap

dcs

Desktop Color Separation

pict

Picture file format (macOS)

wmf

MS Windows Metafile

emf

MS Windows Enhanced Metafile

pcx

PC Paintbrush File format

png

Portable Network Graphic

xml

Extensible Markup Language

txt

Adobe InDesign Tagged Text

icml

Adobe InCopy document

Extension

File name

sct

Scitex Continuous Tone

ai

Adobe Illustrator

psd

Adobe Photoshop

indd

InDesign document

doc, docx

Microsoft Word document

xls, xlsx

Microsoft Excel documents

avi

Audio Video Interface

mp3

MPEG Audio Layer

3gp

Third Generation Partnership Project

aif, aiff

Audio Interchange File Format

mpg

Moving Picture Experts Group

wav

Waveform Audio File Format

Save for InCopy

You can save your InDesign documents to edit in InCopy. Go to Edit > InCopy > Export, or options from Link or Assignment panels.

Extension

File name

Version

Comments

icma

Assignment file

CC

is .inca in ID CS3

icml

Content file, Exported file

CC

is .incx in ID CS3

idap

Package for InDesign

CC

is .indp in ID CS3

icap

Package for InCopy

CC

is .incp in ID CS3


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