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System Requirements
Windows 11
Windows 10
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
"I love it! Finally I can see what file I need to open without opening Lightroom or Bibble first."
Rob Huigsloot, The Netherlands

View Nikon RAW files in Windows

NEF CODEC for 64-bit and 32-bit Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8


The Nikon RAW (NEF and NRW) Codec is a plug-in for Windows Explorer, Windows Media Center, and Windows Photos. View NEF files thoughout Windows, including NEF files from Nikon film scanners. The NEF codec supports the latest Nikon camera models, including the Df, D800E, D610, D7100, D5300, and D5200.

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Preview NEF images

View NEF files instantly in Windows Explorer and Windows Photos.

View Metadata

Search and view metadata, including broad support for lens data. See date taken, exposure information, and other details in Windows Explorer.

Efficiently Manage Your Files

View thumbnails of NEF files in Explorer without having to start an application. Instantly browse through hundreds or thousands of images using our fast thumbnail support.




The registration code is used to unlock the trial version. When you purchase a license the registration information can be entered in the Preferences application in the NEF Codec by Ardfry Imaging program group. The registration code is printed on the receipt page when then transaction is completed and in the order confirmation email.

Build History

Stay up to date on the lastest versions of our software by following us on Twitter and Facebook., 14 February 2012
  • Improved support for the D800
  • Fix: issue generating thumbnails on 32 bit XP, 30 December 2011
  • RAW processing support for D3100, D300S, D7000, D5100, Nikon 1 J1, and Nikon 1 V1
  • Updated extended LensID data, 14 February 2011
  • Support for NRW files from models such as the P7000, 20 September 2010
  • Improved support (RAW processing) for currently available models including D300, D90, D3000, D5000
  • LensID support added for more camera models
Release Candidate 2, 16 April 2010
  • LensID support added for more camera models
Release Candidate, 5 April 2010
  • Processes RAW data for many models, and uses embedded JPEG preview for all others. By default, the embedded JPEG is used.
  • Updated extended LensID data
Beta 5, January 2010
  • 10x to 100x faster initial load of thumbnails in Windows Explorer on Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  • Updated extended LensID data
  • Fix: Issue with preview size for images edited by PictureProject Transfer 1.7 W
Beta 4, 26 July 2009
Beta 3, 9 May 2009
  • Added support for Coolpix 5400 (e5400), Coolpix 5700 (e5700)
  • Added support for NEF scans (confirmed for Coolscan V - others unconfirmed)
Beta 2, 17 March 2009
  • Fix: Memory leak
  • Improved support for XAML applications like iTag
Beta 1, 3 Aug 2008
  • Support 32 bit Windows Live Photo Gallery on Vista x64
  • Improved support for XP Pro 64 (correctly rotated thumbnails, with more support in the future)
  • Simplified install
Beta 0, 17 May 2008
Inital release