PGN File - opening and understanding

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

How to open PGN 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 PGN for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PGN

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

Various viewers for this file format

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.

ChessBaseChessBaseUser submitted
ChessBase LightChessBase LightUser submitted
ICC DasherICC DasherUser submitted
WinBoard Startup DialogWinBoard Startup DialogUser submitted
ChessBase ReaderChessBase ReaderUser submitted
Shredder ClassicShredder ClassicUser submitted
MaxQiMaxQiUser submitted
AjedrezNetAjedrezNetUser submitted
KChess EliteKChess EliteUser submitted
ArenaArenaUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PGN-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 PGN-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!