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PFX File Extension

PKCS #12 Certificate Format

What is PFX file?

PFX files are associated with PKCS#12 cryptography standard.

What kind of data can PFX files store?

Files with PFX extension store encrypted and digitally signed cryptographical objects. Each PFX files is divided into so-called SafeBags. which can also be encoded and signed. PFX standard further divides SafeBags into types suitable for storing certificates, keys, and other data.

What are PFX files used for?

PFX is a complex standard. It allows storing of various different types of objects using various data structures. Typically PFX are used to store such informations as login data and various authentication or authorization credentials. Other uses of PFX files include securing private keys or security certificates.

Programs which support PFX file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PFX files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with PFX 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 PFX file

Updated: 10/17/2022

How to open file with PFX extension?

Being unable to open files with PFX extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with PFX files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Adobe Acrobat

Install software to open PFX file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PFX files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe Acrobat or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Windows, Adobe Reader) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support PFX files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Adobe Acrobat installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Adobe Systems Incorporated website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat

Update software that support file extension PFXIf you already have Adobe Acrobat installed on your systems and PFX files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why PFX files are not compatible with Adobe Acrobat. The most recent version of Adobe Acrobat is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate PKCS #12 Certificate Format files with Adobe Acrobat

If you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PFX on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with PFX file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

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

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with PFX extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PFX extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the PFX is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PFX file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

Should it happed that the PFX 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 scanner detected that the PFX file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic PFX file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with PFX extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

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

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the PKCS #12 Certificate Format file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Adobe Acrobat

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PFX files. Close all running programs and try opening the PFX file.

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

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with PKCS #12 Certificate Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the PFX files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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