How to open PPK files

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

What is a PPK file?

PPK files are PuTTY Private Key files, which you can read more about below.

The PPK file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a PPK opener may not be able to open all kinds of PPK files. In this case, though, we only know of one specific use.

PuTTY Private Key

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.

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

PPK file openers, viewers, etc.

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 programs that we know for certain can work with PPK-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with PPK-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!