PDXplorer™ PDX viewer software

PDXplorer 5 is a completely new version of the world's most popular PDX package reader.

The PDXplorer PDX file reader is a simple, free, user-friendly tool for viewing parts, bills of materials, file attachments and other IPC-2570 ("PDX") design package data.

PDXplorer offers a powerful interface that organizes PDX data and exports it in one of over 40 different CSV text file layouts. Each PDX package is converted to a SQLite database; this database can be used independently of the PDX package, with new export SQL queries used outside PDXplorer or added to the PDXplorer internal queries list.


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Hardware Requirements
Processor 1 GHz or faster processor
Memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk space 8 MB for application installation. You'll also need temporary working space, and to save file attachments in the PDX. Working space depends on PDX package content, compression level, and the number of packages you open in one session. File attachments saved outside the package may need two to 10 times more space than in the compressed PDX file. PDXplorer can show the uncompressed file size if the generator includes it in the Attachment record.
Display Minimum 1280×1024 (1600×900 or larger recommended).
Windows operating system: Supported editions 32-bit 64-bit .NET Framework
Windows 10: Home, Professional, Enterprise, Enterprise LTSC Yes Yes 4.6
Windows 8 & 8.1: Standard, Professional, Enterprise Yes Yes 4.6
Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate SP1 SP1 4.6
Windows Server 2019: all Editions with Desktop GUI Yes 4.6
Windows Server 2016: all Editions with Desktop GUI Yes 4.6
Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2: all Editions Yes 4.6
Windows Server 2008 R2: all Editions SP1 4.6
Windows Server 2008: all Editions SP2 SP2 4.6

PDXplorer uses the Windows Segoe UI Symbol font for some button images. In older Windows, normal Windows updates (e.g., KB2729094) install this font automatically, or you can download and install the Segoe UI Symbol font. Older Windows computers (as far back as XP / .NET 4.0) can use PDXplorer 4.2.


Almost all PCs now use 64-bit Windows, so you probably want the 64-bit installer.

Windows Release Download Date Size MD5 integrity / antivirus confirmation
64-bit x64 PDXplorerSetup- 2021-02-01 2.79 MB b9046077b7cb69fd0a0bab9cedb8ae92
32-bit x86 PDXplorerSetup- 2021-02-01 2.79 MB 4c255bfae53e470993de4fb0b24ff792


Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 is required, and already installed on recent Windows operating systems. If your computer doesn't have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 installed, you can install it now, or accept it via Windows Update, before installing PDXplorer software.

User Account Control (UAC) permission is needed to install the software. PDXplorer is installed into the Windows All Users profile (that is, the per-machine context) to allow any user run the application; to support RDP and Citrix clients; and to set the PDX package icon PDX package file icon file association.

To install PDXplorer:

  1. Right-click on the PDXplorerSetup.msi installer file and select Install from the context menu. Or, double-click the PDXplorerSetup.msi installer file.
  2. Accept the License Agreement.
  3. Follow the instructions to finish setup.

The PDXplorer 5 installer does not upgrade or replace PDXplorer 4.x or earlier software. PDXplorer 5 installs side by side with previous PDXplorer releases, and both can be used at the same time. If the older PDXplorer release isn't needed, use the Windows Control Panel to uninstall it.


Start the PDXplorer application by selecting it from your Windows Start menu or your Desktop.

When the application opens:

  • Click on the Open PDX file button icon to open a PDX package.

  • Click on the Online Help status bar link to open the help topics in your web browser.

PDXplorer 5

Example PDX file§

You can test your PDXplorer installation with this IPC-2570 demonstration file:

Use browser Save Link As... or Save Target As... command:

To upgrade PDXplorer software§

Before upgrading

Download the same 32-bit or 64-bit version as the original PDXplorer 5 installer. If you're not sure, uninstall the current PDXplorer 5 release before installing the new one.

The PDXplorer 5 installer does not upgrade or replace PDXplorer 4.x or earlier software. PDXplorer 5 installs side by side with previous PDXplorer releases, and both can be used at the same time. If you want to uninstall the older PDXplorer release, use the Windows Control Panel.

Run the setup software

Run the downloaded PDXplorerSetup.msi file, and follow the instructions.

After upgrading

When you upgrade to a new PDXplorer release, the PDXplorerQueries.sqlite database may be replaced with a new version. If you've saved your own SQL queries in the old SQLite database, it is renamed to show the upgrade date. To continue using your own queries, you must manually transfer them to the upgraded database. If you don't need the old SQLite database, it can be deleted. The last value in the application release number (for example, specifies the required database version, and is the same value as the SQLite pragma user_version.

To uninstall PDXplorer software§

Use Windows Control Panel to remove the PDXplorer application from your computer:

  1. In the Windows Start menu, select Control Panel, then Programs and Features.
  2. Scroll down the list to find PDXplorer or PDXplorer.
  3. Select the item, and click the Uninstall button at the top of the list.

If you also have PDXplorer 4.2 (or earlier) installed, use the Windows Control Panel Change (or Repair) command to restore the original PDX package icon and context menu shortcut.

PDXplorer software release notes§

Released: 2021-02-01

  • Add new data table tooltips, containing a line for each column header with its row data. [c33fd5e0]§

    Data table tooltip
  • Include table headers when copying table rows to Windows clipboard. [835a5808,g377]§

  • Add new RefDes (Reference Designators) column to assembly detail's BOM table. [5bf65f01]§

  • Extend all tooltip popups to 60 seconds from 5s; delay initial show to 0.8s. [ab95595c; e3fa0959]§

  • Use a dedicated %TEMP%\PdxPkgTmp folder for file viewing, and clear unused content on app startup. [4d3d7ae3]§

  • Extract package's pdx.xml file into the package \Working folder. [8636f929, g437]§

  • PDXpert: move top-level item (Manufacture package) or change form (ChangeNotification package) to first Item Master row. Set change form row as bold. [52c41bb3, g310]§

  • Improve error message on viewing unknown Windows file type. [042f0933]§

  • Add ConceptLogix to package generators category list. [0a9ca433]§

  • Fix search token infilein to isfilein in ItemRelation table. [05f315e4]§

  • Fix copying table to clipboard when using SelectAll button with dg.Focus() in  SelectionChanged(). [835a5808.2]§

  • Replace System.IO.Compression with Ionic.Zip [042f0933]§

  • Update libraries:

    • EntityFramework.6.3.0 updated to EntityFramework.6.4.4

    • NLog.4.6.8 updated to NLog.4.7.7

    • NLog.Config.4.6.8 updated to NLog.Config.4.7.7

    • NLog.Schema.4.6.8 updated to NLog.Schema.4.7.7

    • System.Data.SQLite.1.0.112 updated to System.Data.SQLite.

    • System.Data.SQLite.Linq.1.0.112 updated to System.Data.SQLite.Linq.1.0.113

    • System.Data.SQLite.EF6.1.0.112 updated to System.Data.SQLite.EF6.1.0.113

    • System.Data.SQLite.Core.1.0.112 updated to System.Data.SQLite.Core.

Released: 2019-12-02 PDXplorer release notes

Released: 2019-07-09 PDXplorer release notes

Validation: 2019-06-27 PDXplorer release notes

Field test: 2019-06-18