View Full Version : [ubuntu] how do I view an xps file?

January 2nd, 2009, 08:09 PM
At school I took the network+ practice exam. All computers at school are Windows machines. This practice exam generated 140 pages of data to help me study for the actual Network+ test. Instead of using up all this paper, I printed the data to an xps file, then e-mailed it to myself to review at home.

What program can I use in my ubunutu to open a xps file? Document Viewer failed. I thought for sure that it would have opened it.

January 2nd, 2009, 08:12 PM
i believe open office 3 can open this file.

January 2nd, 2009, 08:18 PM
after reading this (http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=discuss&msgNo=63465), it appears that OpenOffice 3 won't be able to read it. (unless things have changed) in the future, you might want to save as a regular PDF to avoid this problem. xps is a windows only thing.

January 4th, 2009, 03:58 AM
Damn looks like I'll need to use my XP VM. Any ideas on what XP poduct might convert it to a more friendly file format?

January 4th, 2009, 04:49 AM
Damn looks like I'll need to use my XP VM. Any ideas on what XP poduct might convert it to a more friendly file format?

Yea...or install Microsoft Office using Wine or Crossover Linux...I had to do it myself to work from home :(

January 4th, 2009, 05:07 AM
you can view xps files in an archive manager ive done it before i think it was for firefox though

January 4th, 2009, 05:13 AM
Try this link:
Hope it helps...:)

January 4th, 2009, 05:30 AM
If you are using KDE or don't mind installing the necessary libraries & dependencies, I understand the KDE viewer "okular" can render xps files. Probably best to research this a little first though it would be easy enough to uninstall if it didn't meet your needs.

January 4th, 2009, 05:38 AM
If anyone has a small xps file I will try it on okular but according to wikipedia it is derived from ZIP

edit: wikipedia says okular can read it


March 30th, 2011, 03:58 PM
You can convert your XPS file into an PDF by using an free online webapp. No need to install on your system. I have tried it and it works great!!


March 30th, 2011, 05:41 PM
+1 for Okular- renders nicely too.

May 9th, 2011, 01:54 AM
Yes, Okular opens XPS files. I think that XPS is Microsoft's answer to PDFs, except they meant for it only to be portable on Microsoft Windoze machines... which kind of makes it worthless. Platform independence is kind of the point of a "portable document format".

Luckily, the folks working on Okular have done a great job of cracking that nut. As was mentioned previously, it works like a charm.