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What are PPD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PPD 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 PPD files.

What is a PPD file?

PPD files have multiple uses, and PostScript Printer Description is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

PostScript Printer Description

PPD is an acronym for PostScript Printer Description and these files contain information that pertains to the font, paper size, resolution, DPI, and other features of the associated PostScript printer. Many printer drivers will use PPD files to determine the capabilities of that particular printer.

The PostScript language was created by Adobe in 1985. Today it is the industry standard for this particular file type and the majority of printers that are currently manufactured are known to support the PPD file format.

How to open PPD files

Important: Different programs may use files with the PPD file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PPD file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: July 31, 2023

All known file formats using extension .PPD

While PostScript Printer Description is a popular type of PPD-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .PPD file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

ProfiCAD Symbols

We know that one PPD format is ProfiCAD Symbols. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

PPD opener for Windows

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


Various apps that use files with this extension

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

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Arcsoft PhotoImpressionArcsoft PhotoImpressionUser submitted
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Password PalPassword PalUser submitted
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