What is a ZXP File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert ZXP Files

Picture of the ZXP file icon

A file with the ZXP file extension is an Adobe Zip Format Extension Package file. It replaces the older Macromedia Extension Plugin file format (.MXP).

ZXP files are really just compressed ZIP files. They contain little bits of software that add functionality to an Adobe software product.

This list of Free Photoshop Filters and Plugins is one place where you can find such extensions/plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop.

How To Open a ZXP File

Adobe Extension Manager version CS5.5 and higher supports ZXP files, while prior versions of Extension Manager can use the original MXP format. Creative Cloud 2015 and newer requires the Creative Cloud desktop program in order to use ZXP files.

See Adobe's Extension Manager tutorial if you need help downloading and installing ZXP files in Extension Manager, or this Creative Cloud Help document for help installing ZXP files with Creative Cloud (including third-party extensions). Also check out Troubleshooting Adobe Add-ons if you're having trouble using ZXP files with these applications.

Since ZXP files are in the ZIP archive format, you can also open them with a zip/unzip tool. Doing this won't let you use the file with an Adobe program but it will let you see the different files and folders that make up the ZXP file.

Note: Even though their file extensions look similar, ZXP files have nothing to do with ZPS files, which are Zebra Portable Safe files used with a program called ZPS Explorer.

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

How To Convert a ZXP File

You don't really need to convert ZXP to ZIP because you can just rename the file extension from .ZXP to .ZIP.

Doing this will let you open the file in any file unzip tool that supports the ZIP format.

If you need to do the opposite, and convert the older MXP format to ZXP, use the Tools > Convert MXP extension to ZXP menu option in Adobe Extension Manager CS6.

More Help With ZXP Files

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