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PO file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .po file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .po file?
  • What program do I need to open a .po file?
  • How can the .po file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .po files to another format?

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1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

✅ GNU Gettext Portable Object

PO file is a GNU Gettext Portable Object. GNU gettext is the GNU internationalization and localization (i18n) library. It is commonly used for writing multilingual programs.
Application: POEdit
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
PO aliases:
PO related links:
PO related extensions:
GNU Gettext Machine Object File

AWK Script

GNU Gettext Portable Object Template

Other types of files may also use the .po file extension.

🚫 The .po file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

lo, oo, op, p0, pi, pk, pl, pp

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

Pascal/Delphi Source Code
Interleaf Compiled Lisp
Commodore 64 Pixel Perfect Bitmap
FM Towns Bitmap Image
FreePascal Object
Adobe Audition v3 Peak File
Origin Preprocessed Data
Perl Script
WOW! Diagnostic P0 Data
SWI-Prolog Source Code

🔴 Can't open a .po 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 cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .po file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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