Files with ppm extension can mainly be found as graphics files in special Portable Pixmap Format. One of the most basic color image formats.

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

empty icon.ppm - Total Commander PPMd archive

empty icon.ppm - Insight II proton chemical shifts

empty icon.ppm - Nokia post programmable memory file

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Software that open ppm file

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PPM file extension - Portable pixelmap graphic

What is ppm file? How to open ppm files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

ppm file icon: ppm filetype icon

File extension ppm is used for Portable Pixmap Format, a lowest common denominator color image file format.

PPM 24-bit color image that is formatted in text format. Each pixel is assigned a number from 0 to 65536 that defines the color of the pixel. Other information included in a PPM file includes the image height and width, whitespace data, and the maximum color value.

Because the PPM format is uncompressed and is inefficient compared to other image formats, it is seldom used for saving large image files.

MIME types: 
application/ppm, application/x-ppm

Updated: December 13, 2021

The default software associated to open ppm file:

Adobe Photoshop icon

Adobe Systems Incorporated logoAdobe Photoshop  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Photoshop is great photography editing software that offers numerous features, powerful tools and other breakthrough capabilities to offer their users maximum performance for image editing.

The latest version, Photoshop CC is available through the new Adobe Creative Cloud suite. The previous version was Photoshop CS6.

XnView MP icon

Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet logoXnView MP  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet

A free (for non-commercial purposes) powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats and also supports export to 70 different file formats. It works on Windows, Linux and macOS (OS X).

Help how to open:

Use graphic viewer or editor (XnView, Adobe Photoshop) to work wth the *.ppm files.

How to convert:

Many graphics editors support PPM format and can be used to resave it or convert to different formats.

Find conversions from ppm file:

ppm to jpeg

ppm to pdf

ppm to png

Find converter to ppm file type:

pdf to ppm

png to ppm

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

Software that open ppm file - Portable pixelmap graphic

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

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ppm file by default:
Adobe Photoshop small icon Adobe Photoshop
Other suggested software:
Ulead PhotoImpact small icon Ulead PhotoImpact
PhotoFiltre Studio small icon PhotoFiltre Studio
GIMP small icon GIMP
Ability Photopaint small icon Ability Photopaint

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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