PCX File Type

- The quick facts

What are PCX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PCX file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a PCX file?

A .PCX file is a PCX Bitmap file.

These files contain Paintbrush bitmap graphics. This raster image format was developed by Zsoft.

The format was one of the original bitmap file formats on the Windows and DOS operating systems. The PCX file format supports 24-bit color graphics and 8-bit grayscale and indexed color images. PCX files are compressed with RLE encoding.

Various scanning and digital fax applications use the PCX file format to store digital fax copies. However, the PCX file format is now somewhat outdated and has been largely replaced by the PNG, GIF, and JPEG file formats.

How to open PCX files

We have identified 5 PCX openers that are compatible with this specific type of PCX file.

Programs that open PCX Bitmap files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
IrfanViewIrfanViewVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopVerified
ACDSeeACDSeeVerified
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProVerified

Last updated: March 25, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension PCX

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
Microsoft Photo EditorMicrosoft Photo EditorUser submitted
PhotoPad Image EditorPhotoPad Image EditorUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
HoneyviewHoneyviewUser submitted
ImagingImagingUser submitted
AVS Photo EditorAVS Photo EditorUser submitted
PhotoImpactPhotoImpactUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted