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File extension P12

The most common cause of problems with opening the P12 file is simply the lack of appropriate applications installed on your computer. In this case, it is sufficient to find, download and install an application that supports the P12 file format - this type of programs are available below.

File type PFX File (Personal Information Exchange)
Developer RSA Laboratories



It should be noted that some coded data from files that your computer does not read can be sometimes previewed in a Notepad. This way, we will read passages of a text or numbers. It is worth checking if this method can also be applied to the P12 files.

What should be done when an application from the list has already been installed?

Often, an installed application should automatically link to a P12 file. If it did not happen, the P12 file can be linked with the newly installed application manually. Simply right-click on the P12 file, then from the available list select "Choose default program". Next, select "Browse" and find the application you selected. These changes have to be confirmed by pressing the "OK" button.

Programs that can open the P12 file

  • Adobe ReaderAdobe Reader
  • Adobe AcrobatAdobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Certificate Lifecycle ManagerMicrosoft Certificate Lifecycle Manager
Mac OS
  • Apple Keychain AccessApple Keychain Access
  • Adobe AcrobatAdobe Acrobat
  • Mac OS XMac OS X

Why can’t I open the P12 file?

However, problems with the P12 files can also have a different background. Sometimes even the software, installed on your computer, that supports the P12 files does not solve the problem. The reason for the fact that the P12 file can’t be opened and used can also be:

- an incorrect link to the P12 file in the registry entries
- corruption of a P12 file, that you want to open
- infection of a P12 file (viruses)
- insufficient computer hardware resources
- drivers out of date
- accidental deletion of the P12 file from the Windows registry
- incomplete installation of the program that supports a P12 file?

Solving these problems should allow the free opening and working with the P12 files. If the computer still has problems with the files, use the services of an expert who will diagnose a specific cause.

My computer does not show file extensions, what should I do?

In the standard Windows settings, a computer user cannot see the P12 file extension. However, you can successfully change this in the settings. Just go to "Control Panel" and select "Appearance and Personalization". Then, go to the "Folder Options" and open the "View" tab. On the "View" tab, you will find "Hide extensions for known file types" – you should mark this option and confirm by pressing "OK". At this point, the extension of all files, including the P12 files should be displayed after the file name.