What is a .PAF File And How To Open It – FamilySearch (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .paf extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .paf file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .PAF file?

The file extension .PAF is Personal Ancestral File. The creator of this file extension is FamilySearch. This data related file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .paf file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .PAF file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .PAF file on various operating systems.

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

The .paf file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the RootsMagic software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: RootsMagic and Incline Software Ancestral Quest.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PAF 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: Choose “Open with”

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

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the RootsMagic software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PAF file on Mac

The .paf file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Incline Software Ancestral Quest software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PAF 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Incline Software Ancestral Quest software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .PAF file?

If you are still unable to open the .PAF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .PAF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .paf – Portable Application Installer File, .paf – Ensoniq, .paf – Amazing Studio. 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 .PAF file with the RootsMagic, Incline Software Ancestral Quest programs on Windows and Incline Software Ancestral Quest program on Mac.