Methods for opening Microsoft Publisher files on a Mac

Reader says, “I’m a Mac user, and a friend of mine gave me several Microsoft Publisher files that were created in 2005 that contain text and graphics that I want to include in an article that I’m writing. How can I open and use these files on my computer?”

My response

If you don’t have access to Microsoft Publisher, try using one of the online sites to convert the .PUB files into a viewable format like Word, PDF, or Text.

One such site is PUB to PDF. To begin the conversion process, click the Pub to PDF button located on the home page.

Another online file conversion tool can be found on

If neither of those websites is able to convert the files to your specifications, try downloading and installing the LibreOffice suite, which contains a Draw program that appears to be capable of opening Publisher files and does not require a state-of-the-art Mac to operate.

LibreOffice System Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher
Intel processor
512 MB RAM
At least 800 MB of available hard disk space
1024×768 graphic device with 256 colors (higher resolution recommended)

Other References

LibreOffice Filters
Import filter for Microsoft Publisher publications. More details in this blog and in Fridrich Strba’s speech at FOSDEM 2013
Click here

LibreOffice MS Publisher Import filter – young but strong baby
June 6, 2012
Click here


1 Comment

Filed under Apple Hardware, Third Party Software, Troubleshooting

One response to “Methods for opening Microsoft Publisher files on a Mac

  1. admin

    If the file is encrpyted and you don’t have the certificate key that unlocks it, you can try reading the underlying text by opening it in either TextWrangler or BBEdit.

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