Written by : Muhamood Yasin

July 29, 2020

What is the difference between JPG and JPEG?

Photos play a very important role in everyone’s life these days. Photos are the only ways to relive the moments that were spent. Be it sad or happy, we want some memories to be preserved for a lifetime. Thanks to the evolving technology, photos have taken a drastic change. From photoshopping to the large availability of memories to store photos, reliving moments have become a lot easy.


Gone are the days of photo reels. Nowadays photos are taken by phones, digicams, laptops, and stored in the comfortable digital zone. You can do anything and everything with these photos, from editing people to changing backgrounds, everything is possible with the raw photos.


However, for formatting and editing, there are various formats that a photo can be stored and accessed. But the most common formats are the .jpg and .jpeg.


Understanding .jpg and .jpeg in brief


If your work is dealing with photos, you might have come across using and knowing extensions .jpg or .jpeg. Generally, while saving or converting photos these extensions are auto-generated by the computer. You may or may not have paid attention to the different formats. Also, sometimes the photos are saved by .jpg and sometimes by a .jpeg.


If you have noticed you must be wondering what is the difference or similarities between these two? Is there a resolution difference, or some editing preferences or what? Well, let us discuss this doubt in detail and you will come to know it all.


Similarities between the Extensions and Images 


First, we will discuss the similarities so that we have better clarity on what .jpg and .jpeg actually are. When you take a photo from your phone camera or digicam, they are downloaded on your computer or saved on your device in a .jpeg or.jpg format.


.jpeg stands for ‘Joint Photographic Experts Group’, and .jpg stands for Joint Photographic Groups. So, you see there is no difference in the names. Both extensions serve the purpose of providing you with raw images. Both formats are supported by almost all the photograph editing platforms. In fact, not only photograph uploading but any platform that requires any image uploading supports these two formats.


Both these extensions also mean that the images are raster images and not vector files. That means they are clearly within the stipulated pixels. These images can lose their quality if the pixels are enlarged or reduced more than the original size. These photos have to be edited or played around within the given pixels. However, a very large image can be edited beautifully compared to small images.


The main benefit of the images with these extensions is that they occupy the minimum place in the memory. Everybody has thousands of photos stored in the memory of the hard drive, and sometimes it is impossible to delete the memories.


So, the .jpg and .jpeg format play a very important role in memory consumption. However, at times, the quality may be compromised due to compression, but will not be completely distorted. Nevertheless, compressing and saving photos is better than having to delete them, right?


Now, let's explore the difference between .jpg and .jpeg


So, what we derive from the similarities is that they are basically the same image formats. Still there exists images which are .jpg and .jpeg.


Although, a computer supports both the extensions and stores them with their individual name and properties without giving them a common name, the difference is that the older computers did not support a 3-letter extension so significantly. So, .jpg had to be converted or given the extension .jpeg and then put in use for storing the image with its properties.


Hence, the computer used to do this to make it better for the operating system to read the image files. But with the progress of technology things changed. Now all operating systems, be it Linux, Mac, or Windows, support the three-letter .jpg format.


So, things have got easy. All the images these days are preferred to be saved as .jpg to have a common extension for the raster images. Only if the image has to be used on an old operating system, which is a very rare demand, it will need a .jpeg format.


So here we have the cat out of the box. Basically, both are the same extensions with all the same editing and storing capabilities. The only difference is that they had to make them comfortable for the OS to be read, that is why the difference was created.


No doubt today also some apps ask you whether you want to store it as a .jpg or .jpeg format but that’s just for the technical usage of the OS. it will not make any difference in the properties of the image that is stored, no matter what format is used.


So, in what format do we store the images?


You don’t have to worry whether your photos are getting stored by the .jpg or .jpeg format. The images will look and act exactly the way you want no matter the extensions. But since nowadays all the OS support .jpg formats so it’s better to store them with this format.


Also, it is easy to have a common name and thus one day we may have all the images stored in the .jpg format. This will also be easy for all the OS and the apps to read the images.


To conclude,


So now you can stop investigating and get your mind cleared with what .jpg and .jpeg format is. Just go ahead and save the image formats and have fun with your memories. There is not much substantial difference between both the formats, except for the way they are represented. There was an era where .jpeg extensions were used but now you can totally stick to .jpg.


Photos take up the maximum space in your laptop or phone memory, so having some background information about them is a good insight. With so many formats available we would say .jpg is the best option of preserving the memories.

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