PLA File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PLA file?

Files that contain the .pla file extension are project archive files that have been created by the ArchiCAD 3D modeling application. These files can contain a variety of CAD designs as well as library information that can be referenced by the designs in the PLA archive.

The .pla file extension is also used by NHL video games. These files contain the game files that are referenced by the software during a user's gameplay.

The SanDisk Sansa player also uses the .pla file suffix. When a PLA file is associated with the Sanda, it contains a playlist of music files created by a user. The files do not contain any actual audio data, only references to the audio files that are added to the playlist.

How to open PLA 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 PLA for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PLA

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
ArchiCADArchiCADUser submitted
MediaMonkeyMediaMonkeyUser submitted
PCLawPCLawUser submitted
RikCADRikCADUser submitted
Chief Architect Home Designer SuiteChief Architect Home Designer SuiteUser submitted
WinCADWinCADUser submitted
Chief Architect ApplicationChief Architect ApplicationUser submitted
MultiChartsMultiChartsUser submitted
Lectra Systemes DiaminoLectra Systemes DiaminoUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PLA-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 PLA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!