What Are FH10 and FH11 Files?

How to open, edit, and convert

Screenshot of several FH10 files that open with Adobe Illustrator in Windows 10
FH10 Files.

Files with an FH10 or FH11 file extension are Freehand Drawing files, created using the now discontinued Adobe FreeHand software.

FH10 & FH11 files store vector images used for both web and print purposes. They can contain gradients, lines, curves, colors, and more.

FH10 files were the default format for Freehand 10, while FH11 files were the default format for Freehand MX, the name that version 11 was marketed as.

Note: Previous versions of Adobe FreeHand utilized the appropriate file extensions for those versions as well. For example, FreeHand 9 saved its files with the FH9 extension, and so on.

How to Open FH10 & FH11 Files

FH10 & FH11 files can be opened with the appropriate version of Adobe's FreeHand program, assuming you have a copy. Current versions of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Animate will open them as well.

Note: The FreeHand software was created by Altsys in 1988. Altsys was later bought by Macromedia, which was then purchased by Adobe in 2005. Adobe discontinued the FreeHand software in 2007. While you can no longer get FreeHand from Adobe's website, there are some updates you can download through Adobe if you need v11.0.2 (the last version released).

If your FH10 or FH11 file doesn't open with any of the above suggestions, it's possible that your particular file has nothing at all to do with FreeHand and is just using the same file extension. In this case, the file is meant for a different program entirely.

If this is the case, you can use a text editor to open the FH10 or FH11 file as a text document. In doing this, you'll likely see scrambled, unclear text unless the file happens to be text-based, in which case all the data is 100% readable in the text editor. However, if you can pick something identifiable out of it, you might be able to use that information to research what program was used to build your file, which is likely the same program used to open it.

If you're working on Windows and a program on your computer opens FH10 or FH11 files by default, but it's not the one you want, you can always change the file association.

How to Convert FH10 & FH11 Files

Finding a specific file converter that can save FH10 or FH11 drawing files to another image format may not be possible. However, if you have FreeHand already installed on your computer, you can use it to convert the file to a different format, like EPS.

Once you have the EPS file, you can use an online file converter like FileZigZag or Zamzar to convert the EPS file to some other image format like JPG, PDF, or PNG.

Since Illustrator and Animate both can open FH10 and FH11 files too, it's likely that there's some sort of Save As or Export menu option that can be used to save the file to a new format.

You may also be able to use CoolUtils.com or another web-based converter to convert the file to JPG directly, without having to use FreeHand first.