P7 File Extension

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PKCS #7 Digital Certificate Format

What is P7 file?

P7 filename suffix is mostly used for PKCS #7 Digital Certificate Format files. P7 file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Linux, Mac OS, Windows system platform. P7 file belongs to the Web Files category just like 303 other filename extensions listed in our database. OpenSSL supports P7 files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used.

Programs which support P7 file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support P7 files. Files with P7 extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support P7 file

How to open file with P7 extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening P7 files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with P7 extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with P7 files.

Step 1. Get the OpenSSL

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening P7 files is that no program that can handle P7 files is installed on user’s system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing OpenSSL or different compatible program, such as Apple Keychain Access. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit OpenSSL website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update OpenSSL to the latest version

If the problems with opening P7 files still occur even after installing OpenSSL, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of OpenSSL is available. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of OpenSSL installed, it may not support P7 format. The most recent version of OpenSSL is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign OpenSSL to P7 files

If you have the latest version of OpenSSL installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage P7 on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the P7 file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the OpenSSL installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open P7 files box and clicking OK button.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with P7 extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select OpenSSL and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with P7 extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the P7 for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the P7 file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The P7 may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the P7 is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the P7 file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the P7 file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with P7 extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the PKCS #7 Digital Certificate Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run OpenSSL

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with P7 extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with PKCS #7 Digital Certificate Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle P7 files.

Conversion of a P7 file

File Conversions from P7 extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to P7 file
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