File Extension Database

Open XPS File

An XPS extension document is a file saved in the XML Paper specification or XPS format.

View an XPS file

While you can create an XPS file with any program that supports printing in Windows, to view or modify these files you will need specific software, such as XPS Viewer.

When you open an XPS document, XPS Viewer will automatically open the document in an Internet Explorer window.

In that case, two additional toolbars will appear, one above and one below the XPS document, offering options for viewing and managing XPS documents.

This XPS format is designed so that documents can be shared quickly thanks to the ZIP compression it uses, a format that, unlike Adobe PDF, can be read while downloading.

This XPS format is no longer supported, despite the advantages it offers us with respect to the PDF format, the latter appeared first on the market, and therefore it is the one with the greatest penetration in it, that is why Microsoft, from 2018, has stopped developing it.

This type of XPS file is similar to the MKV format in videos, since it is a compressed file using ZIP that contains all the files that are part of the document, which makes it a container for other formats.

Open XPS files


As of Windows 10, Microsoft stopped offering support for this format in 2018, specifically with the release of version 1803, so since that date, it is not possible to open XPS files in Windows 10 natively.

To open files in XPS format in Windows, we must make use of XPS Reader.

XPS Reader can be downloaded from Windows Store, also a Viewer is part of the Windows accessory and allows you to exploit files in XPS format in a separate window.


The tool that you have at your disposal to open XPS files in Linux is Ghostscript, an application to opening files in XPS format, it also allows you to open files in PDF format.

Software to open and work with an XPS file

Typical XPS application file locations:

  • C:\Windows\System32\xpsrchvw.exe "%1" %*

Typical XPS mime types:

  • application/

Frequently associated Windows objects:

  • Windows.XPSReachViewer
  • XPSViewer.Document

How Can I Open XPS File on Windows

How Can I Open XPS File on Mac OS

How Can I Open XPS File on Android

If you downloaded a XPS file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:

How to Open XPS File on iPhone or iPad

To open XPS File on iOS device follow steps below:

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