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What are PO files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PO 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 PO files.

What is a PO file?

PO files have multiple uses, and Gettext Portable Object is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Gettext Portable Object File

Gettext Portable Object files, which have the .po file extension, are used to translate software applications into different languages. These files contain strings of text for the application's user interface alongside their translated versions in the target language.

The.po file is a text document that can be modified using a text editor or language-specific software. Each entry contains its own unique identifier, the source words and the translated words in the target language.

PO files, commonly used in software development, particularly open-source projects, are critical for internationalization and allowing users from different regions to access the application in their native language.

How to open PO files

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

Programs that open Gettext Portable Object files


Last updated: February 24, 2023

All known file formats using extension .PO

While Gettext Portable Object File is a popular type of PO-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .PO file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Apple II ProDOS Order Disk Image

Apple II ProDOS Order Disk Image files are used for storing data from Apple II computers. These files contain a complete image of a ProDOS-formatted disk, including the file system and any data stored on the disk.

Each file is a sector-by-sector image of a disk, meaning that every sector on the original disk is copied to the .po file in the same order. This ensures that the image is an exact replica of the original disk, including any errors or defects that may be present.

Apple II ProDOS Order Disk Image files are primarily used for backing up and transferring data between Apple II computers and for running Apple II software in emulators on other hardware. They are also useful for preserving historical data and software, as they provide an accurate snapshot of a disk at a particular point in time.

To use a .po file, it must be mounted as a virtual disk using an emulator or other software that supports the Apple II file system. Once mounted, the files and data on the virtual disk can be accessed and manipulated just like a physical disk.

PO opener for Windows

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


Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of PO files. Remember, different programs may use PO 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
BluefishBluefishUser submitted
ActiveGS Standalone ApplicationActiveGS Standalone ApplicationUser submitted
Apple //e EmulatorApple //e EmulatorUser submitted
VirtaalVirtaalUser submitted

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