What is a .EPUB File And How To Open It – IDPF (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .epub extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .epub file extension and how to open it.

What is a .EPUB file?

The file extension .EPUB stands for Open eBook File. It was developed by IDPF. This file belongs to the zip format and it is a eBook related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .epub file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .EPUB file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .EPUB file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .EPUB file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .epub file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Icecream Ebook Reader software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions and Icecream Ebook Reader.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .EPUB file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Icecream Ebook Reader software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .EPUB file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .epub file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Apple Books, Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .EPUB file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Apple Books software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .EPUB file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .epub file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the KDE Okular software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Calibre and KDE Okular.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .EPUB file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the KDE Okular software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .EPUB file on Android

There is easy way to open the .epub file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .EPUB file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Aldiko software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .epub file on Android is Google Play Books, Adobe Digital Editions and Aldiko. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .EPUB file on iOS

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .epub file on iOS in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Adobe Digital Editions in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the Apple Books, Aldiko and Adobe Digital Editions software. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .EPUB file?

If you cannot open the .EPUB file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .EPUB file.epw – U.S. Department of Energy, .eqf – Nullsoft, .eql – MathType Settings, .eqn – GAL Equation File, .eqn – Corel. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .EPUB file with the Icecream Ebook Reader, Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions programs on Windows, Apple Books, Calibre, Adobe Digital Editions programs on Mac, KDE Okular, Calibre software on Linux, Aldiko, Google Play Books, Adobe Digital Editions software on Android and Adobe Digital Editions, Apple Books, Aldiko software on iOS.