I need to be able to view and edit AI files on OS X. How can do that without Adobe Illustrator?

  • Is there an Adobe Illustrator alternative, that makes efficient usage of multiple-core processors? (note: some more professional, possibly more expensive, but also faster alternative to illustrator)
    – tsttst
    Commented Mar 27, 2017 at 0:04

3 Answers 3


You can use Inkscape (Open source/Freeware) to open .AI-Files.


Affinity Designer, which is an amazing vector app



Preview.app can view AI files, if anyone needs just read them.

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    The preview App can only view the PDF compatible part of an AI file. If the file wasn't saved as PDF compatible then it will only show a white rectangle with a default warning (long) text. Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 17:57

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