PUP File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PUP file?

Files that contain the .pup file extension are most commonly associated with the Puppy Linux operating system. Puppy Linux was created to be a user-friendly version of the free Linux operating system.

A PUP file is run when an installer program is opened on the user's computer when that computer is running on Puppy Linux. These files are similar to the installer.exe files that are used with the applications that are run on Windows, but the PUP are used for applications that run on the Puppy Linux OS instead.

PUP files are commonly referred to as "Dot Pup" files.

The PlayStation 3 gaming device also uses the .pup file suffix. These PUP files contain update files for the PlayStation 3 hardware.

How to open PUP 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 PUP for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different PUP openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension PUP

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
PeaZipPeaZipUser submitted
PeaExtractorPeaExtractorUser submitted
HxD Hex EditorHxD Hex EditorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PUP-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 PUP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!