File Extension PGN

.PGN File

File extension: PGN
File type: Portable Game Notation (PGN)


Notes about the PGN file extension:



To open this file type, a required software must be installed. Without it you only see a Windows message "The following file cannot be opened" (Windows 7) or "How do you want to open this file?" (Windows 10) if you double-click the file. There click on "More apps" and choose a suitable software to view such files on your PC or from email attachments.

The PGN file type is primarily associated with 'Portable Game Notation (PGN)'. PGN is Portable Game Notation, a standard designed for the representation of chess game data using ASCII text files.

Detailed information for file extension PGN:


Primary association: Portable Game Notation (PGN)
File classification: Text
Mime type: application/x-chess-pgn, application/da-chess-pgn
Identifying characters Hex: 5B 45 76 65 6E 74 20 22 , ASCII: [Event."
Related links: PGN Info

Other applications associated with file type PGN:

  • Picatinny Arsenal Electronic Formstore (Form in TIFF Format) The Mime types used with this association are: application/formstore.
File Identifier - TrID
'Identifying characters' used on FILExt.com are
provided by Marco Pontello from his TrID database




To change file associations press Windows Key + X and then Apps and Features > Default apps > Choose default apps by file type. Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .PGN

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: WinBoard.PGN
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\WinBoard\WinBoard.exe -ini %ProgramFiles%\WinBoard\WinBoard.ini -ncp -lgf

ProgramID: PGNFormat
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\ChessBase\CBReader\CBReader.exe


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