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I need to view a .pub file. How can I view the file or convert it to a more mainstream format (such as a PDF?)

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I don't know of any applications that do this but, you can use this to convert PUB files to PDF. An alternative would be to install Microsoft Publisher through Wine (available in the repositories).

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Opening them in Publisher in Wine (or Crossover) appears to be the only way of doing this short of a virtual machine but it still stinks. Online Pub-to-PDF converters might be easier for one-off operations. – Oli Sep 1 '10 at 15:38
I don't know of any batch conversion tools, though I haven't looked. I only use M$ products for school at school. – JasonCook599 Sep 1 '10 at 20:55

I spent a long time investigating this recently as I needed to index .pub files for use in Xapian.

The conclusion is that the only thing that can read .pub files is publisher.

You can run publisher in CrossOver Office with some success. I have used this in the past and I had no problems.

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Also this thread is an interesting discussion on this topic: – Richard Holloway Sep 1 '10 at 15:50

This website: appears to be able to convert .pub files to a number of formats including .odt and .pdf (source:

The file needs to be under 100MB and the converted file will be sent to you by email.

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In case anyone runs into this question, a Microsoft Publisher importer is expected in LibreOffice 3.7. More info:

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As it is an old question, maybe an update is good: I was able to open .pub in Libre Office Draw (version 4.0) and seems to import it quite nice. – conualfy Aug 28 '13 at 1:06

The only website able to convert PUB files online to PDF I found was

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