PCB File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PCB file?

The .pcb file extension is most commonly associated with the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation software. The PCB files contain the application settings and data that are used by the software.

The .pcb file extension is also used for ACCEL or Protel printed circuit board files, P-CAD database files, PC-Doctor files, Broderbund Print Shop business card files and PCB Layout check design rule template files.

How to open PCB 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 PCB for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PCB

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
ExpressPCBExpressPCBUser submitted
PADSPADSUser submitted
pcbepcbeUser submitted
The Print Shop Premier EditionThe Print Shop Premier EditionUser submitted
The Print ShopThe Print ShopUser submitted
Altium DesignerAltium DesignerUser submitted
CADSTARCADSTARUser submitted
PCB WizardPCB WizardUser submitted
real PCBreal PCBUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PCB-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 PCB-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!