PPK File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PPK file?

A .PPK file is a PuTTY Private Key file. Through our analysis of PPK files, we know that one use of the format is PuTTY Private Key. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

How to open PPK 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 PPK for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PPK

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

PuTTYPuTTYUser submitted
PuTTY suitePuTTY suiteUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
Xming portable PuTTYXming portable PuTTYUser submitted
Hangul PuTTYHangul PuTTYUser submitted
SailPack-ViewerSailPack-ViewerUser submitted
PageantPageantUser submitted
ACS2000ACS2000User submitted
Microsoft Application VirtualizationMicrosoft Application VirtualizationUser submitted
WinSCPWinSCPUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PPK-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 PPK-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!