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PBO File Extension

Packed Bohemia Object
  • Developer
    Bohemia Interactive
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    2.9 (9 votes)

What is PBO file?

A .PBO file, also known as the Packed Bohemia Object files, the Packed Bank of Files, or as the Operation Flashpoint game mission folder, are game files that are created by the Bohemia Mission Editor. The PBO file contains other compressed files that are used by the Bohemia Interactive Games. Further, the PBO file contains other files and folders to make a mission, campaign, or add-on.

Programs which support PBO file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support PBO files. Files with PBO suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support PBO file

Updated: 05/19/2020

How to open file with PBO extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PBO files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with PBO extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install ArmA software

Install software to open PBO file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PBO files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install ArmA or one to the listed programs: ArmA Tools, Pbo View. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download ArmA installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of ArmA and update if needed

Update software that support file extension PBOYou still cannot access PBO files although ArmA is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that ArmA cannot handle files with PBO may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of ArmA should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open PBO files to ArmA

If you have the latest version of ArmA installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PBO on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with PBO file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the PBO with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where ArmA is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open PBO files and clicking OK.
Associate software with PBO file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the PBO file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select ArmA and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with PBO extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the PBO file is complete and free of errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the PBO file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check PBO file for viruses
1. The PBO may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the PBO is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the PBO file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the PBO file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic PBO file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with PBO extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle ArmA

If the systems has insufficient resources to open PBO files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Packed Bohemia Object files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PBO files.

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