PPM File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PPM file?

The .ppm file extension is one of the Netpbm formats being used and defined for creating Netpbm projects. The PPM format is a bitmap image file type that has the lowest common denominator color image file format. The Portable Pixmap (.ppm) format is very easy to process, write and analyze.

Files that uses .ppm file extension usually follow a certain format in every respect, but not including the precise semantics of the sample values. These files are considered efficient for the purpose that PPM are commonly utilized as an intermediary format. They are alternatively known as PPM files, in which case you have to be totally specific, you must be able to represent the variation distinctly from the actual PPM. A PPM file consists of a sequence of one or more PPM images. There are no information, markers, or buffer before, after, or between images.

How to open PPM 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 PPM for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PPM

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
HoneyviewHoneyviewUser submitted
fcheckfcheckUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Ulead Photo ExplorerUlead Photo ExplorerUser submitted
GIMPGIMPUser submitted
Ulead Instant ViewerUlead Instant ViewerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PPM-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 PPM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!