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What are PAX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PAX 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 PAX files.

What is a PAX file?

PAX files have multiple uses, and Pax Compressed Archive is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Pax Compressed Archive File

These files are created by the Pax file archiver and contain archived data files that can be used for data interchange and file backups. Pax is short for Portable Archive eXchange.

Often a user who needs to save a large file or a large batch of files across multiple disks will use the PAX file archiver to compact the size of the files. The PAX file format can also make it easier to distribute large files or batches of files over the Web or via email.

How to open PAX files

Important: Different programs may use files with the PAX file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PAX file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: March 16, 2022

All known file formats using extension .PAX

While Pax Compressed Archive File is a popular type of PAX-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .PAX file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

PAX Password Protected Bitmap

The PickAx software is also known to use the .pax file suffix. These PAX files contain secure graphics files that are used by the PickAx application.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Photo Explosion AlbumPhoto Explosion AlbumUser submitted
Apex IV AppraiserApex IV AppraiserUser submitted
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Apex IV Windows - AppraiserApex IV Windows - AppraiserUser submitted

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