File Extension Library

.PGN File Extension

  • Category: Game Files

What are .PGN files and how to open them?

Can't open .PGN file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .PGN file.

What is a .PGN file extension?

.PGN file extension has been classified as Game Files.

.PGN is Portable Game Notation File

Text-based file format used to record moves in a chess match; also includes the event name, location, date, round, player names, and result of the game.

The header information of a PGN file is formatted using tags. After the header, player moves are described using "movetext," a syntax based on Standard Algebraic Notation (SAN).

Various chess programs and PGN Viewers can be used to view PGN files.

List of all softwares that can open the Portable Game Notation File
ChessBase Fritz

How to fix problems with .PGN files

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