PEM File Type

- The quick facts

What are PEM files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PEM 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 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the PEM file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PEM file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: December 26, 2019

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 apps that use files with this extension

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