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What are HPGL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a HPGL file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your HPGL files.

What is a HPGL file?

A .HPGL file is a Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language file.

Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language files with the file extension ".hpgl" are used to store two-dimensional vector graphics. These files were originally developed by Hewlett-Packard and were commonly used in the printing and plotting industries.

CAD software usually makes HPGL files, which have commands that describe the lines, arcs, circles, and other shapes that make up the graphic. A printer or plotter interprets these commands in order to produce a physical output.

HPGL files are plain text files that can be edited with a text editor. CAD software and other graphic design applications that support the HPGL file format can also open and edit them.

SVG and DXF are a few other graphics file formats that have largely replaced HPGL. But HPGL is still used in some industries, especially in the architecture, engineering, and construction sectors.

How to open HPGL files

We have identified two HPGL openers that are compatible with this specific type of HPGL file.

Programs that open Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language files

SwiftView ViewerSwiftView ViewerVerified
HPGL ViewerHPGL ViewerVerified

Last updated: December 28, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
DaViewDaViewUser submitted
ViewAdvisor ApplicationViewAdvisor ApplicationUser submitted
3D-Tool3D-ToolUser submitted
XnViewXnViewUser submitted
SAP VEViewerSAP VEViewerUser submitted
HPGL ExplorerHPGL ExplorerUser submitted
SAP SAP 3D Visual Enterprise ViewerSAP SAP 3D Visual Enterprise ViewerUser submitted
HTviewer TBCSHTviewer TBCSUser submitted

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