How to open PGN files

Did your computer fail to open a PGN file? We explain what PGN files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is a PGN file?

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.

The .pgn file extension is also used for Portable Game Notation files.

PGN file openers, viewers, etc.

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.

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We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with PGN-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!