pages file extension is used for default document format of Pages, a word processor and page layout program from Apple. No other program can open the .pages files, but Pages is able to export its documents to some other formats, such as PDF or Microsoft Word's .docx.

There is one other file type using
the PAGES file extension!

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Software that open pages file

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PAGES file extension - Pages document

What is pages file? How to open pages files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

pages file icon: pages filetype icon

File extension pages is mainly used for the proprietary document format of Apple Pages.

Apple Pages is a word processor and page layout application developed by Apple and was a part of the iWork productivity suite. Currently it is available as a free standalone application on App store for all Mac users. Also is available as on-line service and app for iOS operating system (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

PAGES file format is XML based and may contain basic text documents or elaborated multi-page brochures, including images, special texts, tables, graphs, charts and more. Apple Pages includes over 140 pre-designed templates.

Technically, a pages file is actually a ZIP archive that contains several files, namely:

  • buildVersionHistory.plist - a small text file that contains version history data
  • index.xml - contains the main document data in XML format
  • Preview.pdf - located in QuickLook folder, used for preview purposes
  • Thumbnail.jpg - also located in QuickLook folder, its a low res image for preview purposes

Updated: April 4, 2024

The default software associated to open pages file:

Pages for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoPages for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

iWork Pages is popular word processor for Apple Mac OS X and iOS operating systems. It is a part of iWork office suite. Pages can be also used as a page layout application. Apple distributed Pages with 140 document templates for creating letters, résumés, posters, and outlines. Pages can open documents from Microsoft Word, AppleWorks, Rich Text, PDF and EPUB.

iWork for iCloud icon

Apple, Inc. logoiWork for iCloud  On-line services software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

iWork for iCloud allows users to work with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on Mac and PC. The apps make it incredibly easy to work together with people everywhere. And since it’s all powered by iCloud, your documents are always up to date on each of your devices.

Pages for iOS icon

Apple, Inc. logoPages for iOS  Apple iOS software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple Pages for iOS brings the famous Pages for Mac OS X to your iOS based devices such as iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It offers excellent mobile office solution with beautiful design and many powerful features. It is available in Apple app store.

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Help how to open:

Only Apple Pages can open .pages files and there is currently no other word processor for Windows or other platfroms that could open PAGES documents.

How to convert:

If you want to send .pages files to your friend, who doesn't have Apple Pages installed, you have to save them in some other format (PDF, DOC, DOCX), so he can view them in some alternative office suite.
Apple iWork Pages supports export (conversion) of .pages documents to other formats such as DOCX, TXT or PDF.

You can access this function via File → Export and export the .pages file to another document format.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 50 4B 03 04
ASCII code: P K

List of software applications associated to the .pages file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open pages file, edit pages file, convert pages file, view pages file, play pages file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting pages files.

Software that open pages file - Pages document

Programs supporting the exension pages on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open pages file action.

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


On-line services:

Apple iOS:

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