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.


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

  1. Ravi Gupta says:

    thanks, it worked but are there any alternatives for it ?

  2. Diana says:

    Worked perfectly–thank you.

  3. Shana Gilley says:

    Worked great! THANK YOU!

  4. Sue says:

    Oh many thanks!! I was pulling my hair!

  5. Adrian says:

    Brilliant. Worked a dream. Many thanks.

  6. Peter says:

    Thank you, worked a treat

  7. Leslie says:

    this was incredibly helpful. Thank you!!

  8. Athina says:

    I want to convert a Publisher file to read on my Mac. Of the two sites you recommend:
    1 – onine2pdf.com and
    2 – publishertopdf.com

    the 1st site has a size limit – the second site appears to have converted the doc successfully but I have no way to access the pdf. It says they store it on their website securely for 6 hours before deleting – but there is no link that I can find to actually access the converted pdf.

    Suggestions please?

    • Wayne says:

      After a few seconds or a few minutes (depending on how big the publisher file is) a big orange box will appear that says ‘Free Download’. Click on that box.

  9. Shiya says:

    I used the publishertopdf.com website and it was quick and easy. Thank you so much for making a frustrating thing so easy. I make things in publisher at home and sometimes forget to convert them before I send them to myself at home. This will be a well used tip.

  10. Barbara says:

    Thank you!!

  11. Barbara G says:

    Great. I used the https://online2pdf.com and it worked quickly and easily! Whew. Thanks a lot!

  12. Roberto says:

    Worked perfectly!!!, thnx. so much, save my day.


  13. Thank you very much for the help. Once in a while, a Windows user sends me a file that I can’t open. A quick Google search brought me to https://macintoshhowto.com . Now, if I could just get those pesky Windows users to come over to the Light side (MacOS).

  14. Bruce says:

    Worked like a charm. Thank you.

  15. kathi says:

    Is there a way to edit the converted pdf file once it has been converted??? I used online2pdf and it worked really well and I can open the file. I just cannot seem to edit it. Thanks

  16. Juan Gonzalez says:

    IT Worked!!! Thanks a lot… This was a very important paper from my manager and I didn’t want to just send it back saying I was not able to see what she was sending me.
    Thanks a lot..

  17. Angela Wood says:

    Thanks so much, this was very helpful.

  18. jemmie says:

    I came across this site, http://www.zamzar.com, it convert a lot of formats, including publisher, and convert it to editable formats like docx or rtf

    • Mindy says:

      THANK YOU for posting the zamar.com link! That did the trick for me! I was able to take a .Pub document and open it in word where I could tweak it! I had a huge deadline and felt hopeless until I found your post. You seriously saved my bacon! That site is excellent. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    • Cindy says:

      This was perfect, thank you so much for sharing this link!! Created an editable word doc, which I could swipe elements from into pages and recreate the document. excellent!!

  19. Rob Smith says:

    Really a amazing post ,Very Helpful.

  20. Jen says:

    It works! Thank you very much, huge help!

  21. Dee Dee says:

    Worked perfect! Thank you.

  22. Beth says:

    Thank you!!! Was so fast- I tried another one first via google and it wanted all kinds of permissions! Glad I backed out and continued search to get your quick and easy fix!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I used the first site but I am not sure how to edit it…

    • Wayne says:

      It’s impossible to edit a Microsoft publisher file on a Mac.
      This really only allows you to view the file.
      If you have an application like Illustrator or indesign you might be able to edit the PDF file directly. I have a separate article on how to edit a PDF file if you search for it on this site.

  24. Shelly says:

    Thank you!! Life saver

  25. Mary P says:

    Thanks so much. worked like a charm

  26. Andrew P says:

    Absolutely brilliant. The publisherto pdf one worked in seconds and converted brilliantly, I can now use it as-is. When the conversion had been done there is a red button, and it is not obvious to click on that to get the file. Fortunately I had read the comments, and knew what to do. It then puts the pdf in your downloads folder.

  27. Pamela says:

    Thank you for this post! The publishto pdf site works perfectly! Saved me a lot of hassle and time!

  28. Cindy says:

    Perfect, thank you!!

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