Open AAE File

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Open AAE File

The AAE file extension is associated with the latest format of sidecar XML files, introduced in Apple iOS 8 devices (iPhone 5 and later) and Mac OS Yosemite to support non-destructive image / video editing including effects. The .AAE files are located next to the corresponding image files.

Currently, iPhoto in iOS 8 is the only application that supports the AAE sidecar format. On both PC and Mac, AAE files are useless and can be deleted without problems. On the iPhone iOS 8 it is possible to delete AEE files, delete all edits, filters and/or applied effects and the images/videos will remain in their original state.

If images are transferred from an iOS device to Windows, only JPEG images will be transferred without AAE files, so edits will be lost.

The location of the AAE file is in the same folder as the original photo and follows the same name format, but instead of .JPG at the end, it will have the .AAE file extension.

If you want to save the editions in the same image, once you have finished with the editions on the iOS device, the easiest thing is to send the finished photo to yourself. Doing this will unify the edits to the image and can no longer be deleted. Also, publishing it on social networks like FB or Instagram, is a way to preserve the changes, however as you know, doing this will reduce the image quality a bit.

Software to open or convert AAE files

You can open AAE files with the following programs:

  • VLC media player by VideoLAN
  • Photo Gallery by Microsoft Corporation
  • iTunes by Apple Inc.
  • Microsoft Office Picture Manager
  • Microsoft Office
  • Free File Viewer Pro

AAE file, because it is of the XML type, can be easily opened with a common text editor, such as notepad or wordpad. It is the only way to make edits or work with these types of files. In any case it is a file that does not require further editing, beyond those made through the iOS operating system.

Get more information about how to open AAE file.

Also check how to open EPS file and open CAJ file on Open File Database.

If you are not able to open file with certain file extension make sure to check if extension for the file is correct. It is possible that information in the file doesn't match file extension.

File Extension Info

EPUB Quick Info
  Apple Edits File
MIME Type
  application/binary
Opens with
  Apple iOS