How to open PPM file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

PPM files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing PPM file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with PPM extension. However, it should be remembered that PPM file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Portable Pixelmap Graphic but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning PPM files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with PPM extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Portable Pixelmap Graphic

    .ppm file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows GIMP GIMP
    Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 with CartaPGM plugin Adobe Photoshop CS5 with CartaPGM plugin
    ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    ACDSee Photo Manager 12 ACDSee Photo Manager 12
    Netpbm Netpbm
    Planamesa NeoOffice Planamesa NeoOffice
    Adobe Photoshop CS5 with CartaPGM plugin Adobe Photoshop CS5 with CartaPGM plugin
    Netpbm Netpbm
    Linux GIMP GIMP
    Netpbm Netpbm

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from PPM files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning PPM extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning PPM extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the PPM file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports PPM file extension
  • PPM file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with PPM files


If PPM file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a PPM file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open PPM file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing PPM in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit PPM format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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