What Is an EPS File?

How to Open, Edit, and Convert EPS Files

EPS Files
EPS Files.

A file with the EPS file extension is an Encapsulated PostScript file. They're typically used by drawing applications to describe how to produce images, drawings, or layouts.

EPS files can contain both text and graphics to describe how the vector image is to be drawn, but they also usually include a bitmap preview image "encapsulated" inside.

EPS is what early versions of the AI format (Adobe Illustrator Artwork) was based on.

Note: Encapsulated PostScript files may also use the .EPSF or .EPSI file extension.

How to Open an EPS File

EPS files can not be edited, only viewed. Much like a regular image file, the components inside the image can't be changed. However, like all images, EPS files can be cropped, rotated, and resized.

Since EPS files are often used to transfer image data between different operating systems, you may need to open an EPS file in Windows, specifically, or some other OS, even though it originated elsewhere. This is fully possible depending on the program you use.

EPS Viewer provides the easiest way to open and resize EPS files on Windows, so you should try it before other Windows EPS openers like Adobe Reader or IrfanView.

You can also view EPS files in Windows, Linux, or Mac if you open them in OpenOffice Draw, LibreOffice Draw, GIMP, XnView MP, Okular, or Scribus

Ghostscript and Evince are two more examples of EPS openers for Windows and Linux.

Apple Preview, QuarkXpress and Design Science MathType are EPS openers for Mac, specifically.

To avoid having to download a program to use the EPS file, Google Drive functions as an online EPS viewer and Gravit is an online EPS editor/viewer. Again, you don't have to download any application to use EPS files with these websites because they work entirely online through your web browser.

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word (through the Insert menu), and PageStream also support EPS files but they are not free to use.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the EPS file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open EPS files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How to Convert an EPS File

One easy way to convert an EPS file is to use Zamzar. It's a free file converter that runs in your browser that can convert EPS to JPG, PNG, PDF, SVG, and various other formats. FileZigZag is very similar but converts the EPS file to document file types like PPT, HTML, ODG, etc.

EPS Viewer lets you convert an open EPS file to JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF, and TIFF.

The online EPS editor Gravit that I mentioned above, can export an uploaded EPS file to PNG, JPG, SVG, and PDF.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator can convert an open EPS file through their File > Save As... menus.

Tip: If you're looking for programs that can convert or save to the EPS formatWikipedia has a great list, some of which include the programs mentioned above that can open EPS files.

More Help With EPS Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the EPS file and I'll see what I can do to help.