With iOS version 6 Apple introduced a new application called Passbook that simplifies user's management of their boarding cards, tickets, store cards and other coupons in electronic form. Passbook can manage credit cards as well as debit cards and can be used for payment through Apple Pay service.
There are few ways how to import passes to your Passbook. With an integrated barcode scanner (Aztec, PDF417 and QR barcodes are supported), via other apps from App Store with Passbook integration, via web browser, via link in e-mail message, sms, mms or other services.
- What is *.pkpass file
- Open *.pkpass file in iOS
- Open *.pkpass file in Google Android
- Open *.pkpass file in Windows Phone
- Open *.pkpass file on PC and Mac
- How to convert *.pkpass file
Sometimes you can get your pass as an attachment via email. In this case the file will be for example named pass.pkpass or similar.
PKPASS is an archive compressed with ZIP compression format that stores other files:
You can rename .pkpass to .zip extension and open the .zip file in any compression tool with ZIP support and explore the content.
iPhone users can easily import these files to Passbook by a simple click on the file in your iPhone e-mail client and selecting the Add button in the upper right corner.
Import pkpass file on iPhone
You can also send passes from your Passbook via e-mail, iMessage, or AirDrop ad-hoc sharing service to other users.
If you download email message with *.pkpass file to Google Android device, you will see it as unknown file format. However with apps like PassWallet you can open *.pkpass files on your Android phone and view them in same as in Passbook.
PassWallet for Android
The Microsoft Wallet is an app similar to Passbook integrated to Windows Phone 8.1 and it can also import *.pkpass files directly from email or web pages. But in order to do so, it requires 3rd party apps like Pkpass Wallet, Wallet Pass etc. to display the pass correctly.
Wallet Pass in Windows Phone
There seems to be no app for PC or Mac capable of viewing *.pkpass file. However you can use Android emulator like BlueStack to use Android apps on your computer, including apps that manage *.pkpass files.
PassWallet in BlueStacks
The primary purpose of pkpass conversion is to transform it to another pass format like mswallet format used by Microsoft Wallet app in Windows Phone. This conversion can be simply made by Windows Phone tool called Passbook Converter that allows you to convert *.pkpass file to *.mswallet file.
Passbook Conveter for Windows Phone
Other conversion option is to transform pass to picture format, like common png bitmap image, that can be created by screenshot feature included in iPhone, Windows Phone or Android.
Open the *.pkpass file in Apple Passbook, or compatible Android, Windows Phone app and take a screenshot. These mobile systems save screenshots in PNG format.
XnView for Windows and Mac is able to transform *.png files to other formats like jpeg, pdf etc.
Now you can send screenshot to your PC or Mac and convert it to other formats, like JPEG picture image as well as print it on your printer, or print it to Portable Document Format (pdf file extension), Open XML Paper Specification (xps, oxps file extension) etc.
Sometimes you even get a copy of your pass in a PDF format as email attachment together with the *.pkpass file. It depends purely on the seller of the coupon.