I have an important .number iworks file. My Mac is now no more... How do I convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac.

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The .numbers file is actually a directory. There should be an image


that contains a preview of the document. It might contain the information that you are looking for. The contents on the file are actually stored in a compressed xml file


If you are just looking for some bit of information, you might be able to find it in there. For the most part, unless you have something to parse the xml, it would take quite a bit of work to reconstruct the spreadsheet from the xml.


This is very difficult to do without a Mac. You possibly could try to manually extract the data by hand or with a conversion tool, but I am not aware of any conversion tools available.

Therefore, I highly suggest that you use Numbers to do the conversion. Since you don't have your Mac anymore, perhaps you could borrow a friend's? Also, if there is an Apple Store near where you live, you could put the file on a flash drive and do the conversion there.

  • Apple gets very uptight when people start dropping files and plugging flash drives on their In-store Macs. Oct 10, 2010 at 18:08
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    @Philip Well, it would be well-advised to ask one of the Apple Store staff for permission first, but I've heard they're generally obliging as long as they oversee the process. YMMV.
    – waiwai933
    Oct 10, 2010 at 20:42

There's a website called Zamzar offering converting services: http://www.zamzar.com. You can upload .numbers (among many other filetypes) and let them convert it to .csv, .pdf or .xls. You can have them mail you a link to download this converted file (for only one day).

I don't know if they're trustable, but they just helped me out.

  • Are they offering a conversion from .number to .xls?
    – nohillside
    Apr 25, 2013 at 5:56
  • @patrix i believe they do, give it a try, i would say.
    – Sibe Jan
    Apr 25, 2013 at 19:51
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    Answers on Ask Different need to be more than just a link. It's okay to include a link, but please summarize or excerpt it in the answer. The idea is to make the answer stand alone.
    – nohillside
    Apr 25, 2013 at 20:06

Perhaps Numbers in iCloud could help, if you have an iCloud account and don't mind uploading your data to a server.


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