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What are PKPASS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PKPASS file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your PKPASS files.

What is a PKPASS file?

A .PKPASS file is an iOS Passbook Pass file.

Apple developed the PKPASS file format for their Passbook app. Files with the .pkpass extension are classified as encoded and encrypted files. Apple iOS comes bundled with the Apple Passbook app, which provides users with management tools for their electronic loyalty cards, movie tickets, boarding passes, and so on.

These PKPASS files' content may include encrypted PNG images, signature data, and JSON files associated with a boarding pass, movie ticket, or loyalty card details in the Apple Passbook app. These details are normally transmitted via email to and from the data source and the Apple Passbook app.

To open a .pkpass file, the user must have a compatible device that runs on Apple iOS 6 or later with the Apple Passbook app. These include more recent Apple iPhone and iPad models. These PKPASS files cannot be opened without the Apple Passbook app.

How to open PKPASS files

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

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: January 24, 2024

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