File Extension EPS

  • Full name
    Encapsulated PostScript Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a EPS file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a EPS file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your EPS file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is EPS file?

Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a standard graphics format for importing and exporting files in the page description language postscript. An EPS file contains only one page, unlike normal Postscript files (ending with ps). In addition, EPS files meet special requirements in order to be integrated into a document.

More info

While a normal ps file contains only PostScript commands to print the graphic or text (describing the elements to be printed), EPS files can contain any combination of text, images, fonts, or vector graphics. This makes EPS a very versatile format and also has the advantage of scalability.

Eps files usually contain a preview image in tif, wmf or Pict format (depending on the operating system used) which can be displayed by many programs without having to interpret the postscript commands or to be able to. Thus, EPS files can also be used by programs that do not have a PostScript interpreter. Of course, these thumbnails do not offer the quality of the original data, which is why they should only be used in an emergency.

There are a number of commercial as well as free programs that can read and generate EPS files. Some programs, such as Scribus and IrfanView, additionally require the free Ghostscript interpreter to import EPS files, which then handles the processing of this data.

Programs which can open a EPS file

How to open file with EPS extension?

In order to open a file with EPS extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening EPS file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with EPS files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe Illustrator or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening EPS files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support EPS files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of EPS files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Adobe Illustrator as the default program for opening EPS files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate EPS files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe Illustrator applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe Illustrator has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with EPS files

Sometimes problems with opening EPS files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • EPS files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open EPS files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • EPS file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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