Files with pem file extension can be generally found as security certificates for internet communication. Usually imported to web browsers.

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

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Software that open pem file

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PEM file extension - Privacy Enhanced Mail security certificate

What is pem file? How to open pem files?

File type specification:

Internet related file type icon Internet related file type

Encoded and encrypted file type icon Encoded and encrypted file type

pem file icon: pem filetype icon

The pem file extension is related to Privacy Enhanced Mail security certificates.

PEM is the outgrowth of work by the Privacy and Security Research Group (PSRG) of the IRTF. At the heart of PEM is a set of procedures for transforming RFC 822 messages in such a fashion as to provide integrity, data origin authenticity, and, optionally, confidentiality.

PEM may be employed with either symmetric or asymmetric cryptographic key distribution mechanisms. Because the asymmetric (public-key) mechanisms are better suited to the large scale, heterogeneously administered environment characteristic of the Internet, to date only those mechanisms have been standardized.

The standard form adopted by PEM is largely a profile of the CCITT X.509 (Directory Authentication Framework) recommendation.

Updated: May 28, 2021

The default software associated to open pem file:

Microsoft Edge icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Edge  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Edge is web browser introduced in Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. It's fast and built for modern web applications and presentations. It allows users to simple share, reading and discover the Internet.

Google Chrome for Mac icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Chrome for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

Google Chrome for Mac is one from the most used Internet browsers on Mac computers. Chrome uses a fork of WebKit layout engine called the Blink that is regarded as one of the fastest layout engines for viewing websites and for work with JavaScript.

Chrome contains many useful functions such as high security, malware blocking, stability, easy user interface, themes and extensions. Extensions and web apps are available in the Chrome Web Store.

OpenSSL  Multiplatform software

OpenSSL is toolkit used for implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols.

Help how to open:

The *.pem files are not meant to be opened or edited by users.

How to convert:

Certificates are not meant to be converted to something else, they are imported to a web browser to verify the security.

List of software applications associated to the .pem 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 pem file, edit pem file, convert pem file, view pem file, play pem 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 pem files.

Software that open pem file - Privacy Enhanced Mail security certificate

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


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