PCL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PCL file?

A .PCL file is a HP Printer Command Language file. Through our analysis of PCL files, we know that one use of the format is HP Printer Command Language. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

How to open PCL 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 PCL for different purposes.

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

Other file formats using extension .PCL

While HP Printer Command Language is a popular type of PCL-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .PCL extension.

The PCL file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a PCL opener may not be able to open all kinds of PCL files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited PCL viewer.

Pencil project

Through our analysis of PCL files, we know that one use of the format is Pencil project. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

SwiftView ViewerSwiftView ViewerUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
ARCPRESSARCPRESSUser submitted
DocMasterDocMasterUser submitted
Autodesk ViewAutodesk ViewUser submitted
PCLReaderPCLReaderUser submitted
Sharp PC-LinkerSharp PC-LinkerUser submitted
PhotoCool ApplicationPhotoCool ApplicationUser submitted
PCLToolPCLToolUser submitted
PresentationPresentationUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PCL-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 PCL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!