File Type Generic IconSidecar Image Edit File
File Format Standard (developed by Apple)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Popular

AAE files contain non-destructive edits made to JPEG images in the Photos app on an iOS device. They accompany the corresponding .JPEG image file when the image is transferred from an iOS device to a macOS system. They are not transferred to Windows system.

Generally, you should not have to open an AAE file manually, but you can view the contents of the file in a text editor. Because AAE files only contain image editing information, if you delete an AAE file, the original photo will remain, but any edits you made will be removed.

Open With

IconMicrosoft Notepad

IconOther text editor


IconApple Photos

IconApple TextEdit

IconOther text editor


IconAny text editor

Updated April 2, 2018
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference