Virtual slide formats understood by OpenSlide

OpenSlide’s support for these formats is not endorsed by their respective vendors and may be incomplete. Problems should be reported to the OpenSlide mailing list or issue tracker.

Aperio

Single-file pyramidal tiled TIFF, with non-standard metadata and compression.

File extensions
.svs, .tif
OpenSlide vendor backend
aperio
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Aperio format

Hamamatsu

Multi-file JPEG/NGR with proprietary metadata and index file formats, and single-file TIFF-like format with proprietary metadata.

File extensions
.vms, .vmu, .ndpi
OpenSlide vendor backend
hamamatsu
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Hamamatsu format

Leica

Single-file pyramidal tiled BigTIFF with non-standard metadata.

File extensions
.scn
OpenSlide vendor backend
leica
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Leica format

MIRAX

Multi-file with very complicated proprietary metadata and indexes.

File extensions
.mrxs
OpenSlide vendor backend
mirax
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MIRAX format

Philips

Single-file pyramidal tiled TIFF or BigTIFF with non-standard metadata.

File extensions
.tiff
OpenSlide vendor backend
philips
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Philips format

Sakura

SQLite database containing pyramid tiles and metadata.

File extensions
.svslide
OpenSlide vendor backend
sakura
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Sakura format

Trestle

Single-file pyramidal tiled TIFF, with non-standard metadata and overlaps. Additional files contain more metadata and detailed overlap info.

File extensions
.tif
OpenSlide vendor backend
trestle
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Trestle format

Ventana

Single-file pyramidal tiled BigTIFF, with non-standard metadata and overlaps.

File extensions
.bif, .tif
OpenSlide vendor backend
ventana
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Ventana format

Generic tiled TIFF

Single-file pyramidal tiled TIFF.

File extensions
.tif
OpenSlide vendor backend
generic-tiff
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Generic tiled TIFF format