File Extension PIF

.PIF File

File extension: PIF
File type: Program Information File


Notes about the PIF 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 PIF file type is primarily associated with 'Windows' by Microsoft Corporation. A Program Information File dates back to the early versions of Windows. Basically, it's an information file that when you click on it the information in the file is used by Windows to run some program; including code that can be in the PIF file. It is a potentially dangerous file type and one should never click on one received via E-mail without extensive knowledge of exactly what it will do first. Note: This file type can become infected and should be carefully scanned if someone sends you a file with this extension.

Detailed information for file extension PIF:


Primary association: Windows
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Mime type: application/octet-stream
Program ID: piffile
Related links: PIF CKNOW Info Page

Other applications associated with file type PIF:

  • GDF Format Vector ImageUsed by IBM mainframe computers.
  • IBM PIF Drawing
  • Macintosh Compressed File Archive
  • OS/2 (Graphics Metafile)



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 .PIF

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: piffile, FileType: Performs text-based (command-line) functions., AppName: %1
EXEFile: %1

ProgramID: piffile, FileType: Shortcut to MS-DOS Program, AppName: %1
EXEFile: %1

ProgramID: piffile
EXEFile: %1 %*

ProgramID: piffile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\@Home veiligheid\AntiVirus\AVFileMon.exe %1 %*


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