Opening and Reading XPS Files on Mac

By Sidharth | Apple

There are many indispensable tools available for opening Microsoft’s XPS file format on your Mac, although none of them I know are free to download. You should know that the commercial Mac apps promising to read Microsoft’s XPS files are actually expensive.

Consider NiXPS, a paid app that can create, read and edit XPS files on Mac, is available for $299. There’s another XPS reader called XPSShow priced at $34.99.

I haven’t personally used any of these apps, as I usually prefer free apps over paid ones.

So what are the free apps available?

None. Mac doesn’t have any XPS reader app available on the App Store, unfortunately. There are no third-party freeware tools available on the web. But the good news is that reading .XPS extension files on your computer is still possible without having to dig deeper into your pockets.


Open XPS File on Mac: Convert Files

Converting documents to PDF format can help you view the content of your XPS file. After you have converted XPS to PDF, you can open either a single or multiple files using Mac’s Preview. The conversion process will cost you nothing but some free time.

For viewing XPS files on your browser, download addons and plugins on your Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browser.

Open XPS File on Mac: Forward XPS Documents to Gmail or Google Docs

Go to your Google Mail account and compose an email to yourself. Make sure to add the XPS file as an attachment.

Gmail XPS Reader

Go back to your inbox and open the email. You will have the option to “View” or “Download” the file. Hitting View will open the XPS document through Google Docs.

XPS Files Online

Want more? You can upload any number of XPS documents and read them through Google docs — it’s free and probably one of the best way for reading XPS files on Mac OS X.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(5) comments

Aparna Saach December 13, 2012

Really helpful Thank you.

If you press print, prints directly into PDF..

mvc December 7, 2012

Hello, I tried it, but my xps file has 100MB and it won’t open. Maybe it is too heavy for Google Drive to open it.

Do you know another way of opening it in Google Drive?

boom December 3, 2012

Would help if you actually told us how to convert to PDF.

Lori November 21, 2012

Thank you! It worked perfectly.

WEsley October 10, 2012


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