What are PGN files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a PGN 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 PGN file?
PGN files have multiple uses, and Portable Gaming Notation is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Portable Gaming Notation
These files contain the recoded moves and participant data of a played game of chess.
The files are in a formatted text structure. You can view them with any text editor, but the content will be easier to understand with a dedicated PGN viewer.
How to open PGN files
We have identified six PGN openers that are compatible with this specific type of PGN file.
Programs that open Portable Gaming Notation files
Last updated: February 24, 2023
All known file formats using extension .PGN
While Portable Gaming Notation is a popular type of PGN-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .PGN file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Picatinny Arsenal Electronic Formstore Image
The .pgn file extension is most commonly associated with Picatinny Arsenal Electronic Formstore image files. The PGN files are a TIFF file format used by Picatinny Arsenal Electronic Formstore. The PGN files are compressed image files stored in a lossless compression format.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different PGN openers which you will find listed below.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of PGN files. Remember, different programs may use PGN files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|ChessBase Light||User submitted|
|ICC Dasher||User submitted|
|WinBoard Startup Dialog||User submitted|
|ChessBase Reader||User submitted|
|Shredder Classic||User submitted|
|KChess Elite||User submitted|
|Chess Informant Expert||Discontinued|
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