The *.pch file extension is related to the Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual C++ development environments. The *.pch file stores pre-compiled header.

There are 3 other file types using
the PCH file extension!

empty icon.pch - Generic patch file

empty icon.pch - Pixeur colour history file

empty icon.pch - Spotmau PowerSuite Professional

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PCH file extension - Microsoft Visual Studio Visual C++ precompiled header

What is pch file? How to open pch files?

File type specification:

Source code and script file type icon Source code and script file type

pch file icon: pch filetype icon

The PCH file extension is associated with Microsoft Visual C++. The .pch files are used for Visual C++ precompiled header files.

In computer programming, particularly in the C and C++ programming languages, a header file or include file is a file, usually in the form of source code, that is automatically included in another source file by the compiler. Typically, header files are included via compiler directives at the beginning (or head) of the other source file.


The default software associated to pch file type:

Xcode icon

Apple, Inc. logoXcode  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple Xcode is IDE (integrated development environment) used to create applications for Mac OS X and iOS. Applications are programmed in Objective-C programming language. Xcode is available for Mac OS X.

Microsoft Visual Studio icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Visual Studio  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create applications for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, .NET Framework, Silverlight as well as dynamic websites and web applications. Visual Studio is available for Windows and Mac.

Help how to open PCH files:

Use any text editor or specialised application able to work with Microsoft Visual C++.

How to convert file with extension PCH:

As far as we know, this .pch file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of software applications associated to the .pch file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open pch file, edit pch file, convert pch file, view pch file, play pch 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 ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting pch files.

  • Open pch file
  • Edit pch file
  • Create pch file
  • Others pch file

Software that open pch file - Microsoft Visual Studio Visual C++ precompiled header

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