File Type XML Paper Specification File IconXML Paper Specification File
File Format Standard (developed by Microsoft)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common

The XML Paper Specification (XPS) is an open, platform independent electronic paper format developed by Microsoft. It describes the layout of documents in a human-readable format that is also recognized by hardware and software. The standard format allows XPS documents to be shared between users without losing any page formatting information.

XPS support is integrated into the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, as well as Microsoft Office 2007. XPS documents can be viewed with the XPS Viewer, which is included with Internet Explorer 6 and later.

Open With

IconMicrosoft XPS Viewer

IconNuance PDF Converter Professional

IconDolphin Futures XPS Viewer


IconNuance PDF Converter for Mac

IconApple Safari with Pagemark XpsPlugin

IconMozilla Firefox with Pagemark XpsPlugin


IconMozilla Firefox with Pagemark XpsPlugin

IconKDE Okular


Updated September 10, 2009