File Extension PS

  • Full name
    Adobe PostScript Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a PS 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 PS file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your PS file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The suffix PS is used for postscript files that represent a graphics format in the page description language postscript. A PS file, in contrast to Encapsulated Postscript files (with the extension eps) can also contain several pages. Also, PS files do not have to comply with the special requirements of the Adobe Document Structuring Conventions like eps files.

PS files are less for the import or export of graphics thought, it is used eps. Ps files are ultimately created for printing, while the main application of eps files or eps graphics is to be inserted into other PS documents.

PS files can contain any combination of text, images, fonts, or vector graphics. These elements can be described (vector graphics) or embedded (bitmap graphics). This makes PS a very versatile format and also has the advantage of scalability. Unlike eps files, PS files do not contain a thumbnail image.

PS files have the advantage of being output directly to a Postscript printer. Meanwhile, the PS format has been largely supplanted by other page layout file formats such as PDF.

But there are quite a few commercial as well as free programs that can read and create PS files. Some programs, such as Scribus and Irfanview need to import PS files in addition to the free Ghostscript interpreter, which then takes care of the processing of this data.

Programs which can open a PS file

How to open a PS file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the PS file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a PS file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support PS files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a PS file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all PS files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with PS there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the PS file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the PS file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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