PBF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PBF file?

The .pbf file extension is most commonly associated with the Paragon backup and recovery application. The PBF files contain backup files that are stored in the proprietary Paragon format. These files can be used to restore individual computer files or entire hard drive contents in the event of data loss or corruption.

The .pbf file extension is also used for Turtle Beach Pinnacle bank files, Grand Prix Legends BMAP (Bitmap) files, PBook e-book format files, Portable bitmap format files and Sprite backup mobile device image files.

How to open PBF 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 PBF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PBF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

PowerBackupPowerBackupUser submitted
PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
PotplayerBitsPotplayerBitsUser submitted
ATLUS REALATLUS REALUser submitted
PaintBuster ApplicationPaintBuster ApplicationUser submitted
PotplayerbitPotplayerbitUser submitted
Sprite ExplorerSprite ExplorerUser submitted
JetDraft Software Document SuiteJetDraft Software Document SuiteUser submitted
XMLplayer ApplicationXMLplayer ApplicationUser submitted
PureBasicPureBasicUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PBF-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 PBF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!