FB2 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a FB2 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .FB2 files.

What is a FB2 file?

Files that contain the .fb2 file extension are most commonly associated with FictionBook 2.0 files. The FB2 file format is an XML-based eBook format.

In an FB2 file, XML is used to describe each element of the associated eBook. These eBooks can then be read on Windows, Unix and Pocket PC operating platforms. Unlike other eBook formats, the FB2 files consist consist of just a single XML file.

Almost all of the eBooks that are published in the FB2 file format are fictional in nature. This particular eBook format originated in Russia, gaining popularity there before spreading out to other countries.

How to open FB2 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 FB2 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different FB2 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension FB2

While we know of one file format using the .FB2 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 .FB2 file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of FB2 files. Remember, different programs may use FB2 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
STDU ViewerSTDU ViewerUser submitted
calibre - E-book managementcalibre - E-book managementUser submitted
E-book viewerE-book viewerUser submitted
FBReaderFBReaderUser submitted
NeverLand AlReaderNeverLand AlReaderUser submitted
Icecream Ebook ReaderIcecream Ebook ReaderUser submitted
Genius PDFGenius PDFUser submitted
PDFMasterPDFMasterUser submitted
Haali ReaderHaali ReaderUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with FB2-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 FB2-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!