How to open pkpass file

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Passbook pkpass file

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 on iPhone can manage credit cards as well as debit cards and can be used for payment through Apple Pay service. Passbook uses for this purpose special file format with pkpass file extension.

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 a 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:

  • icon.png
  • logo.png
  • manifest.json
  • pass.json
  • signature

You can rename .pkpass to .zip extension and open the .zip file in any compression tool with ZIP support and explore the content.

Opening pkpass files on iPhone or iPad

iPhone users can easily import these pkpass 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.

iPhone email iphone import pkpass file

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.

Opening pkpass files in Google Android

If you download email message with attached 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 the same way as in Apple Passbook on iPhone.

PassWallet for Android

PassWallet for Android

Opening pkpass files in Windows Phone

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 for Windows Phone

Wallet Pass in Windows Phone

Opening pkpass files on PC and Mac

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.

BlueStacks for Windows
PassWallet in BlueStacks

How to convert pkpass file

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 converter for Windows Phone

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
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.


Related software and links:

Apple iOS icon

Apple iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
Operating system for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices

Apple Wallet (Passbook) icon

Apple Wallet (Passbook)    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
A digital pass managing utility integrated in iOS 6 and above

BlueStacks App Player for Mac icon

BlueStacks App Player for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Android virtualization software for Apple Mac

BlueStacks App Player for Windows icon

BlueStacks App Player for Windows    Microsoft Windows platform
Android apps virtualization software for Windows


Passbook Converter    Windows Phone / Windows 10 Mobile platform
A PKPASS to MSWALLET converter


PassWallet    Google Android platform
Pass application for Androids compatible with Apple Passbook


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