How to open PCL files

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

What is a PCL file?

The PCL file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different programs may use the PCL file type for different types of data.

We are aware of 2 different uses of the PCL extension, which you can read more about below.

HP Printer Command Language

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.

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

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.

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Software that will open, convert or fix PCL files

These apps are known to open certain types of PCL files. Since many different programs may use PCL files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific PCL file.

SwiftView ViewerSwiftView ViewerUser submitted
ABViewerABViewerUser submitted
ARCPRESSARCPRESSUser submitted
Autodesk ViewAutodesk ViewUser submitted
HiJaak ProfessionalHiJaak ProfessionalUser submitted
DocMasterDocMasterUser submitted
PCLReaderPCLReaderUser submitted
Sharp PC-LinkerSharp PC-LinkerUser submitted
PhotoCool ApplicationPhotoCool ApplicationUser submitted
PCLToolPCLToolUser submitted
We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with PCL-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with PCL-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!