XPS File - opening and understanding

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

What is an XPS file?

Files that contain the .xps file extension are used for descriptor files that have been written in the XPS page description language.

The XPS page description language was developed by Microsoft and the XPS file format was intended to replace the EMF file format.

XPS files are similar to PDF files. An XPS file can contain information pertaining to the appearance of the file, the file layout and the printing details for an associated document.

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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension XPS for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension XPS

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

Various viewers for this file format

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
calibre - E-book managementcalibre - E-book managementUser submitted
Hamster PDF ReaderHamster PDF ReaderUser submitted
MaxthonMaxthonUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with XPS-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 XPS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!