Files with ps extension can be commonly found as to-be-printed final versions of documents and other publications saved in Adobe PostScript language for PostScript printers.

There are 2 other file types using
the PS file extension!

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empty - MPEG program stream format

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Software that open ps file

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PS file extension - Adobe PostScript document

What is ps file? How to open ps files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

ps file icon: ps filetype icon

File extension ps is typically associated with Adobe PostScript, a dynamically typed concatenative programming language, best known for its use as a page description language in the electronic and desktop publishing areas. Once the de facto standard for electronic distribution of final documents meant for publication, PostScript is steadily being supplanted in this area by one of its own descendants, the Portable Document Format (PDF).

You may occasionally encounter files containing a stream of PostScript data. These files may typically be sent directly to a PostScript compatible Printer for printing.

More commonly, you may encounter Encapsulated PostScript files (eps) which typically contain a section of a page or an individual graphic.

MIME types for ps files:

Updated: April 6, 2024

The default software associated to open ps file:

Adobe Illustrator icon

Adobe Systems Incorporated logoAdobe Illustrator  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and part of some editions of Adobe Creative Suite and Cloud. It is a direct competitor to programs like CorelDraw. Illustrator allows users  to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium.

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

Ghostscript icon

Ghostscript  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Artifex Software

Ghostscript is an interpreter for the PostScript language and for PDF.

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Help how to open:

Postscript is a text print description language used for final documents meant for prining. Nowadays used mainly by Adobe applications, such as Photoshop or Illustrator which can both open and print them.

How to convert:

A lot of programs support the export to PostScript for the purpose of printing.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 25 21 50 53
ASCII code: %!PS

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

Software that open ps file - Adobe PostScript document

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

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ps file by default:
Adobe Illustrator small icon Adobe Illustrator
Other suggested software:
Adobe Photoshop small icon Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Acrobat small icon Adobe Acrobat

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