PMF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PMF file?

The .pmf file extension is most commonly used for ESRI published map files that are created with the ArcMap map creation software. The PMF files contain read-only versions of map files that are created with ArcMap for the ArcReader software. These allow users who have not paid for the ArcMap software to read maps that have been created with the application. The PMF files can only be read and can not be modified. The data views, navigation, printing, layout, panning and zooming features of the map file can also be limited when the map is saved in the PMF format.

The .pmf file extension is also used for Pegasus Mail attachment files and Sony PlayStation PSP movie files.

How to open PMF 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 PMF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PMF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

ArcGISArcGISUser submitted
Programmable Stitch CreatorProgrammable Stitch CreatorUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
ArcReader, ArcMap ServerArcReader, ArcMap ServerUser submitted
QPR ProcessGuideQPR ProcessGuideUser submitted
SMFPlayer ApplicationSMFPlayer ApplicationUser submitted
PDF/Mergician ProfessionalPDF/Mergician ProfessionalUser submitted
Eolsoft Flash Movie PlayerEolsoft Flash Movie PlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PMF-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 PMF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!