PL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PL file?

Files that contain the .pl file extension usually hold script that has been written in the Perl programming language. Perl is a high-level dynamic programming language that was initially developed in 1987 by Larry Wall.

Multiple PL scripts can be compiled and run using a Perl interpreter. PL files are commonly used to design applications that parse and analyze text as well as Web server CGI scripts.

It is very rare to see the .pl file extension used on the Web. This is due to the fact that the Perl scripts are normally run through web server CGI scripts when being used on the Internet.

How to open PL 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 PL for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PL

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of PL files. Remember, different programs may use PL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
MasterCookMasterCookUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
PrologPrologUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted
ActivePerlActivePerlUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Flash Movie PlayerFlash Movie PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PL-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 PL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!