PAO file format description

Many people share .pao files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .pao file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .pao files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.pao - Xilinx Peripheral Analyze Order File

The PAO data files are related to Xilinx Platform Studio. The PAO file is a Xilinx Peripheral Analyze Order File. A PAO (Peripheral Analyze Order) file contains a list of HDL files that are needed for synthesis and defines the analyze order for compilation.

Xilinx Platform Studio
Data files
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Xilinx Peripheral Analyze Order File related extensions:
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Naturally, other applications may also use the .pao file extension. Even harmful programs can create .pao files. Be especially cautious with .pao files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .pao file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .pao file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

ao, apo, lao, pa, pai, pak, pal, pap, po, poa, pqo, pwo, pxo, pzo

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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