PAE File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PAE file?

A .PAE file is a PowerArchiver Rijndael Encrypted file. Through our analysis of PAE files, we know that one use of the format is PowerArchiver Rijndael Encrypted file. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

How to open PAE 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 PAE for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different PAE openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension PAE

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

PowerArchiverPowerArchiverUser submitted
ArchiCADArchiCADUser submitted
WinFAMWinFAMUser submitted
RikCADRikCADUser submitted
Ashampoo ZIP ProAshampoo ZIP ProUser submitted
StarPort Drivers for PowerArchiver Virtual Drive EmulatorStarPort Drivers for PowerArchiver Virtual Drive EmulatorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PAE-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 PAE-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!