Oct 01


I have  recently discovered a couple of free websites that convert Microsoft publisher files to PDFs. You can then open, read and print the pdf file on your Mac.

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.

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

I have tested both  sites and they work pretty well.  They are both free.  Site one is obviously easier, 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.

Site one: http://online2pdf.com

With this site you upload on Microsoft publisher file and it automatically then converted and downloads it via your Safari web browser as a PDF file.

1. Go to online2pdf.com

2. Click on the browse button and upload your publisher file.

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3. The file will automatically download  as a safari download.

4.  Click on the download and it will open in preview and you can print it.

This has Google ads along the right hand sidebar so I assume it is funded by Google advertising.


 Site two: http://www.publishertopdf.com

1.  Go to publishertopdf.com

2.   Click on step one,  select your publisher file,  and click to upload it.

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3.  Click on step two, type in your email address,  and in about half an hour you will be emailed a link the file.

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This second site doesn’t have any Google advertising but it does try to sell you  a PDF conversion product which ironically is only for the PC!


I have tested both these sites and they both worked for the file I was converting which was a four-page document including text and images.

I couldn’t see that one site work any better than the other.

So give the first site ago but if for any reason it doesn’t work you might like to try the second one.






26 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!

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