File Extension Library

.PBO File Extension

  • Developer by: Bohemia Interactive
  • Category: Game Files

What is an .PBO file?

.PBO file extension is created by Bohemia Interactive. .PBO has been classified as Game Files.

.PBO is Packed Bohemia Object

Data file used by several Bohemia Interactive games; may contain mission data, campaigns, or add-ons; saved as a package that includes multiple files.

Each PBO consists of a header, a data block, and a checksum or signature key. The package may contain .HTML, .CSV, .SQM and SQS files.

NOTE: PBO files are used by several Bohemia Interactive games and are not meant to be opened manually. However, the contents of a PBO file can be viewed and edited using a PBO viewer such as ArmA Tools' cpbo utility.

List of all softwares that can open the Packed Bohemia Object
Bohemia Interactive ArmA: Armed Assault
Bohemia Interactive ArmA 2
Bohemia Interactive ArmA 3
ArmA Tools
Arma Pbo View

How to Open .PBO file on different platforms

Open .PBO File on Windows

  • Right-click a .PBO
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .PBO file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .PBO files" Press "Ok"

Open .PBO File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .PBO file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .PBO File on Linux

Right click on the .PBO file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .PBO File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .PBO file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .PBO File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .PBO files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .PBO files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .PBO files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .PBO file format
  2. You need to check the .PBO file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)