I have been given an XPS file which seems to be readily opened only on Windows based machines. I was under the impression that I could use Acrobat Pro to convert the file to PDF, but it doesn't seem to be the case. Is there:

  1. A way to use Acrobat Pro to do this conversion?
  2. A recommended FOSS mechanism?
  3. A good recommendation for an XPS viewer?


4 Answers 4


If you have a gmail account it will open and display XPS documents. Also there is an XPS-Reader application on the Mac app store.


If you use Homebrew and like the command line then try this:

  1. open terminal (cmd+space and write terminal)
  2. brew install libgxps
  3. xpstopdf file.xps file.pdf
  4. open file.pdf

You will see the converted PDF in the preview.app ... i hope so :)

  • I've been looking for this answer for months! Thank you.
    – andrewj
    May 31, 2020 at 13:18

With MacPorts:

sudo port install mupdf
mutool convert -o output_file.pdf input_file.xps

GraphicConverter will open XPS files

Xee will open the preview image embedded in them but not the image itself, at least the ones I just tested.

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