PBM file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.pbm - Portable Bitmap Image

The PBM graphic files are related to XnView. The PBM file is a Portable Bitmap Image. The Portable Bitmap image format is a lowest common denominator monochrome file format. It serves as the common language of a large family of bitmap image conversion filters.

Graphic files
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pbma, pbmb, pbmv, rpbm
Portable Bitmap Image related extensions:
ZX Spectrum Hobetta Image
Pocket PC Bitmap Image
Amapi Image
Sony Mavica Picture
GoDot Image
TI-73 Bitmap

Naturally, other applications may also use the .pbm file extension. Even harmful programs can create .pbm files. Be especially cautious with .pbm files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .pbm 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 .pbm file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

bm, bpm, lbm, obm, pb, pbh, pbj, pbk, pbl, pbn, pfm, pgm, phm, pm, pmb

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Bizagi Process Modeler File
Adobe Pixel Bender Kernel
Commodore 128 VDC BitMap Image
HP Photo Album
Battle Planner Module
Parallels Desktop Machine Bundle

Operating systems

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Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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