PCX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PCX file?

Files that contain the .pcx file extension store Paintbrush bitmap graphics. This raster image format was developed by Zsoft. The format was one of the original bitmap file formats to be used on the Windows and DOS operating systems.

The PCX file format supports 24-bit color graphics as well as 8-bit grayscale and indexed color images. PCX files are compressed with RLE encoding. A variety of scanning and digital fax applications use the PCX file format to store digital fax copies.

The PCX file format is now somewhat outdated and has been largely replaced by the PNG, GIF and JPEG file formats.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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension PCX for different purposes.

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

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 viewers for this file format

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.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser 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
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PCX-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 PCX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!