PAT File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PAT file?

Files that contain the .pat file extension usually store bitmap images that are used to create patterns. These images usually contain pattern squares that range in size from 8x8 pixels to 256x256 pixels.

The pattern files that are contain in a PAT file can be imported into a variety of different graphics applications and are used to fill areas with the repeated patterns, usually to create a textured background. These backgrounds are commonly seen in video games and in desktop backgrounds and screensavers.

Popular applications that use the PAT file format for pattern files include CorelDRAW, Corel PaintShop Photo Pro, Train Simulator and Smash Simulator.

How to open PAT 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 PAT for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PAT

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
GIMPGIMPUser submitted
Corel Graphics ApplicationsCorel Graphics ApplicationsUser submitted
CorelDRAWCorelDRAWUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
CorelDRAW Essential EditionCorelDRAW Essential EditionUser submitted
PCStitchPCStitchUser submitted
Photomania DeluxePhotomania DeluxeUser submitted
ImagineImagineUser submitted
CanvasCanvasUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PAT-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 PAT-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!