Open prn file

prn file icon Did your computer fail to open prn file? We explain what prn files are and recommend software that we know can open your prn files.

What is prn file?

Files with prn extension can be usually encountered as various printer output files for HP printers. Typically created as an printer export when a HP printer is selected as an alternative to PostScript / PDF output.

prn file description

File extension prn is commonly used for various printer output files that are exported by numerous programs and typically generated by a HP printer driver (for example PCL5, or PCL6). As PCL is device dependent, it should work on most platforms and printer devices that support it.

Generally speaking, the primary purpose of the printer driver is to translate the generic output from an application such into something the printer can understand and interpret. The output can be from documents, pictures or anything else that can be printed on paper.

The prn file contains instructions for a printer, so the machine knows what to print on the page and also which paper try to use, the paper size and other settings.

Interestingly enough, you can still generate a .prn even in modern Windows apps (Office programs for example) even in the latest Windows 10 (Print function and "print to file" check box), but since prn file extension is not associated by default with any program, it will be useless to you unless you have some interpreter installed on your machine or need it for some particular purpose.

Note: Occasionally, PostScript files generated by the "print to file" option in older Windows produced also .prn file, also when a PostScript printer was chosen. However, the typical extension for PostScript is ps file extension.

Software that will open prn file


A drawing software used to create technical illustrations and graphics

Other prn file extensions

prn - Calcomp Raster graphics file

Files with prn extension are associated with Calcomp plotters and digitizers graphic files. They stored bitmap in black and white or 4bit CMYK.

prn - DataFlex graphic device driver

The prn extension files are related to DataFlex program, where they are used as graphics device data drivers.

prn - Lotus 1-2-3 formatted text

A prn file extension is related to the Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet editors. A prn file stores formatted text.

prn - SmartWare report printed to disk

Files with prn file extension might also be found as some sort of printed file generated by the Smartware plartform.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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