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What are PDFA files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PDFA file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your PDFA files.

What is a PDFA file?

A .PDFA file is an Adobe Portable Document Format file.

For the long-term integrity of content, Adobe has created the Portable Document Format (PDF) and its specialized subset, PDF/A. Widely used to preserve information across different technologies and platforms, these formats guarantee consistent viewing and printing regardless of application software, hardware or operating system.

Especially important for organizations needing to secure documents for legal or regulatory reasons, PDF/A satisfies a need for long-term archiving. With regular PDF files being editable, PDF/A ensures that files won't change in structure or contents over time.

How to open PDFA files

We have identified one PDFA opener that is compatible with this specific type of PDFA file.

Programs that open Adobe Portable Document Format files

Last updated: February 24, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

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