XPS File Type

- The quick facts

What are XPS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XPS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an XPS file?

XPS files have multiple uses, and XML Page Specification Document is one of them.

XML Page Specification Document

Files that contain the .xps file extension are used for document files that have been written in the XPS page specification format.

Microsoft developed the XML Page Specification language, and it was intended to replace the EMF file format. XPS files are similar to PDF files.

An XPS file is created in Windows when a user selects the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" option when printing a document that they have created.

How to open XPS files

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

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

Last updated: March 15, 2022

All known file formats using extension .XPS

While XML Page Specification Document is a popular type of XPS-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .XPS extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Waves Preset

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

XPS opener for Windows

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


More file formats using the XPS extension

Through our research of XPS files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • MonkeyJam Exposure Sheet

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

DoxillionDoxillionUser submitted
Go PDF ReaderGo PDF ReaderUser submitted
STDU ViewerSTDU ViewerUser submitted
Corel PDF FusionCorel PDF FusionUser submitted
PDFlitePDFliteUser submitted
UPDFUPDFUser submitted
unZip expressunZip expressUser submitted
CalibreCalibreUser submitted
Hamster PDF ReaderHamster PDF ReaderUser submitted
MaxthonMaxthonUser submitted

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