Oct 01


Microsoft publisher has been around for a long time but  it has never been able to run on Apple computers.   If you’re like me you  probably have friends who have Microsoft publisher files they occasionally email you. Sadly there is no way to open  a Microsoft publisher file on a Mac, until now…

Here are two websites that can convert Microsoft publisher files to PDF.

You can then open, read and print the pdf file on your Mac. You can even edit them.

I have tested both of these conversion sites and they both work pretty well.  They are both free.

Site one is easier, to use, just read the instructions below, but I’ve included two sites just in case one of them goes down or doesn’t work for you.


57 Responses to “How to open a Microsoft publisher file on your Macintosh”

  1. Jason says:

    Thanks! This was just what I needed. I used online2pdf.com and it worked as advertised. Thanks again for the information!

  2. Liz says:

    Brilliant – online2pdf.com is a simple site that works perfectly. Thanks so much!

  3. David says:

    Great – perfect – thanks.

  4. Janniefitz says:

    Wow… that is awesome. Its five in the morning and I needed that for a meeting later today and had to look at it from my MAC. So awesome!! thanks for sharing!

  5. Gary says:

    Waited a long time to find something that could view .pub files. This worked fantastic…Thanks so much for directing me to this site.

  6. Barry Johnston says:

    Many thanks – only took 2 mins for a 1 page pdf.

  7. Tom says:

    Have been stymied by these .pub files from my fellow Windows Microsoft Publisher files. Up until today I just had to pester them for another format. Today I successfully converted one to a PDF (which is what I wanted – the guy said there was no option in Publisher to do that). I sent the PDF back to the author to see if all his formatting was retained. FYI – I do a newsletter for my veteran state council and this guy is a great contributor and was trying for a way to submit things that were easier on me to put into my publication (I use Adobe InDesign). This could be the beginning of a great relationship for a good source of content. Yea!

  8. Kari says:

    Works great and thank you for sharing. I just need to view docs from the National Guard Unit and did not want to purchase anything.

  9. Penny says:

    http://online2pdf.com works instantly and gives you your document.

    Thanks again for the great share.

  10. Leslie Hetherington says:

    Thanks so much for documenting these tips. They were extremely helpful!

  11. Dixie Shervington says:

    Thank you thank you!

  12. William Mather says:

    This sounds helpful if you want to read a document by converting it into a pdf. But not so good if like me you have several hundred Publisher files that you might like to access, work-on and print-off on your shiny new Mac! Any suggestions?

  13. Wayne Scott says:

    online2pdf.com Worked perfectly!! What a life saver. Needed to print a Publisher file from my new iMac and was stumped until I found this article. Now if only I could find some way of opening and editing Publisher files!

  14. Christine says:

    Thanks so much! Online2pdf.com worked perfectly. Bookmarking it right now for future use!!!

  15. Colter D says:

    Thanks A Lot! One Of My Teachers Sent Me A .pub File And I Could Not Find Any Free App To Open It! Your A Lifesaver!

  16. Tej says:

    Thank you sooo much!!! This is great…After struggling for over a week I finally could actually open the document!!

  17. Ren says:

    That was the easiest conversion ever. I used online 2 pdf.com


  18. Amanda says:

    Wow, this was a lifesaver! I have never been able to open .pub files on my mac, and today I really needed to, so I googled it and found this page, and the pdf converter worked brilliantly! Thank you!

  19. Michele says:

    Perfect! Did the trick using the first url provided. Thanks very much.

  20. Ryan says:

    This was annoying the life out of me, getting work emails with attachments created in Publisher and not being able to view it. I used the online2pdf.com website and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much to the author of this page, your a lifesaver, so glad i found this page.

  21. Naomi says:

    This is brilliant. Thank you!

  22. Paul says:

    Thanks for the article. The only problem that I see is uploading private or sensitive documents. It’s a shame there isn’t a program that can be downloaded so the conversion may be done on the MAC.

  23. Scott says:

    Thanks so much!! online2pdf.com worked perfectly as it helped me print a document for French homework which would have been late. Thanks for the advice!

  24. rachael says:

    perfect, worked exactly how explained.

  25. Richard says:

    online2pdf.com: brilliant – does exactly what is says. Thanks for posting this tip!

  26. juanratb says:

    thanks a lot, great

  27. Susan says:

    Thank so much for this – not only did online2pdf.com create the publisher file to a pdf, but then I took the pdf and converted that to a word doc so I could copy and paste the text easily. It lost the formatting, but worked very well. Thanks again.

  28. Agnès Capella Sala says:

    Thank you very much for the information! Very useful!

  29. Michelle says:

    This worked perfectly and within 2 minutes I had the pdf and did not need to bother my client with this pesky file problem. Thanks a million!

  30. John says:

    Huge thanks for tip. online2pdf.com works great for converting pesky pub files to pdf.

  31. Alldaryl says:

    i was very nervous about doing this. Virus fears and all that. How ever it worked a treat. well please thanks to and the makers!

  32. sandrine says:

    Thank you very much! Was really helpful

  33. Chris says:

    Another big thumbs up for Online2PDF – thanks a lot for writing about it!

  34. Al says:

    How do we pay the makers? I want to thank them in a way that will encourage them to keep on making new content!

  35. Elsa says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!! I have been looking for a program forever and this is excellent. Would you mind if I share?

  36. Peter De Vile says:

    This is wonderful! Many thanks

  37. Sue says:

    This was exactly what I was looking for. It worked like a charm. Thank you!!

  38. Ben says:

    online2pdf is amazing! It changed my .pub files PERFECTLY unlike zamzar.

  39. Modern Microsoft Office variants (from 2013 I think) have the option to save Publisher files as PDFs too.

  40. Mackenzie says:

    The second one is a waste of time, just fyi. I had to enter my email and then it said it would send me the file in 30 minutes unless I downloaded the application. The first one converted it online and automatically downloaded within 30 seconds – worked perfectly. Thanks!

  41. Peri says:

    The first one worked great really easy to use, liked that I didn’t have to sign up/subscribe to use it. The only drawback I found was when I tried to copy/paste some text it came out in another language.
    I didn’t bother with the second site when the first one worked straight away.

  42. Princess Pamela says:

    Great Success! Thank you!!! PDF files being converted to Word is a wonderful thing :)

  43. Tomsk says:

    Thanks!! The first one worked a treat and was so fast.

  44. Martin says:

    These did not work for me!!!

  45. ben says:

    first one worked for me

  46. Tunji says:

    Thanks a million. It works

  47. Jules says:

    Thank you!

  48. Ally says:

    I have Parallels Desktop on my mac and have been opening publisher files regularly until this week. The app says its open in the task bar however no files will open and appear on the screen…can anyone help?

  49. Garth Stephens says:

    I run a PC with Publisher and simply save my files as PDF’s. My Mac-based clients can’t edit them but can annotate corrections for me to implement. Occasionally, they have used my pages as drafts and copied (can’t convert) them to Indesign or Quark for sophisticated kerning etc and for ease of repro/print output. (For long text-heavy documents, Publisher can also save as unformatted Word files, therefore usable on PC or MAC.)

    • Wayne says:

      Yes that is the best option, but you can only do that from the PC side when you are saving it.
      If you are a mac user with a Publisher file you can’t do that. Thanks for the tip though!

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2013 Wayne Connor. All rights reserved. | Hosted on bluehost.com Click here to find out why.