EPS File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an EPS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .EPS files.

What is an EPS file?

EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. Files that contain the .eps file extension often contain images and text. The EPS files are used by a variety of computer drawing applications. In some cases, a file with a .eps extension may also contain font design information.

The EPS file format supports transparency, linked files and thumbnail imaging of documents. It also allows certain types of files to be opened up across multiple operating systems, ensuring that a user can open the file even if he or she is not running on the same operating system or with the same computer application as the individual who created the file initially.

How to open EPS files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension EPS for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different EPS openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension EPS

While we know of one file format using the .EPS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .EPS file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of EPS files. Remember, different programs may use EPS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
GSviewGSviewUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Macromedia FreeHand MXaMacromedia FreeHand MXaUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with EPS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with EPS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!