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What is PGN file?

Portable Game Notation File, or PGN file, is a file format used for playing and sharing chess games. The file uses the .PGN extension and contains information about which chess variant was played, the chessboard size, player name, time limit on the game, and a list of moves for each player.

PGN Format details

Full Name Portable Game Notation Format
Developer N/A
Category Game Files

Tools that will help you view PGN files

Sometimes you need to quickly preview the contents of a file with the PGN extension. In such a situation, many people decide to find a tool that, according to its creators, can display the contents of the PGN file and many other types of files (All in One Viewer).

Of course, there are such tools. However, it should be remembered that they may display the data contained in the PGN file differently than the application dedicated to handling the PGN file extension. When you cannot afford to have the data of the PGN file displayed different from the original, you should use the applications developed to work with the PGN file.

Below you will find a list of software programs that will help you with this. These software programs will help you view the content of the PGN file, minimizing possible errors that may arise with other tools.

PGN File Viewers

  • ChessBase
  • Apple Chess
  • PGN Viewer
  • WinBoard
  • XBoard
  • 5 PGN viewers