PAF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PAF file?

Files with the .paf extension are most commonly associated with portable USB flash drives. The PAF files contain installers for portable applications that can be stored on the USB flash drive. These files allow the applications to be run from the flash drive on any Windows-based computer, rather than the computer's hard drive. FireFox Portable, 7-Zip Portable and OpenOffice Portable all use the PAF file format, as do a variety of other portable applications. The PAF file format is similar to the U3P file format, but it is based on different technology.

The .paf file extension is also used for Ensoniq PARIS audio files and Personal Ancestral files.

How to open PAF 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 PAF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PAF

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of PAF files. Remember, different programs may use PAF 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
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
Delcam PAFWizardDelcam PAFWizardUser submitted
Personal Ancestral FilePersonal Ancestral FileUser submitted
jetAudiojetAudioUser submitted
SqrSoft Advanced CrossfadingSqrSoft Advanced CrossfadingUser submitted
Winamp Detector Plug-inWinamp Detector Plug-inUser submitted
Delcam PAF WizardDelcam PAF WizardUser submitted
PhototoolsPhototoolsUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PAF-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 PAF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!