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What are PLA files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PLA 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 PLA files.

What is a PLA file?

PLA files have multiple uses, and ArchiCAD Archive is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

ArchiCAD Archive

These files 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.

How to open PLA files

We have identified one PLA opener that is compatible with this specific type of PLA file.

Programs that open ArchiCAD Archive files


Last updated: December 21, 2023

All known file formats using extension .PLA

While ArchiCAD Archive is a popular type of PLA-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .PLA file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Platinen Layout Program PCB Layout

We know that one PLA format is Platinen Layout Program PCB Layout. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

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
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
NC VerifyNC VerifyUser submitted

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