PEM File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PEM file?

Files with the .pem extension are most commonly associated with privacy-enhanced mail certificates. The PEM files contain encoded certificate files that are used to authenticate a secure Website connection. The PEM certificates are imported from a Web server and allow users to confirm and authenticate their identity.

The .pem file extension is also used for audio module files, Corel WordPerfect program editor macro files and Pidgin instant messenger certification files.

How to open PEM 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 PEM for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PEM

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

PGP DesktopPGP DesktopUser submitted
Symantec Encryption DesktopSymantec Encryption DesktopUser submitted
PGPPGPUser submitted
Borland Package LibraryBorland Package LibraryUser submitted
Design CenterDesign CenterUser submitted
xcaxcaUser submitted
NoteTab LightNoteTab LightUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PEM-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 PEM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!