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X Windows Dump Image (.xwd)

The XWD file extension denotes the X Window Dump format, integral to the X Window System. This robust, network-transparent windowing system underpins graphical user interfaces on UNIX and Linux platforms. Renowned for its ability to execute graphical applications remotely and display locally, the system is a cornerstone of open-source, cross-platform GUI frameworks.

In essence, an XWD file is a bitmap screenshot taken from the X Window System's GUI, capturing either a single window or the full desktop. As an uncompressed image format, XWD files can be sizable, reflecting the high resolution of the captured content. The format's flexibility allows it to accommodate a range of color depths and resolutions, tailored to the graphics hardware's capabilities. However, the uncompressed state and potential size make XWD less suited for web use or internet transfer. It's typically reserved for high-fidelity image requirements within a localized network or system.

XWD Specifications

Name X Windows Dump Image
File Extension(s) .xwd
Category Raster Images
Use For Storing uncompressed bitmap image format, primarily employed by the X Window System for capturing GUI screenshots on UNIX and Linux systems.
Developer N/A
MIME Type(s) image/x-xwindowdump image/x-xwd
License open-source; under the MIT License.
File Sample(s) N/A
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