PCX stands for “Picture Exchange” and is a Paintbrush Bitmap image file. PCX was an early bitmap image file format supported in Windows, however, newer image file types such as BMP and PNG have essentially replaced the file format. PCX was the native file format used by the now-defunct MS-DOS program PC Paintbrush by ZSoft. PCX files that run over multiple pages use the alternative, DCX file extension.
How can you open PCX files?
Most modern image viewers can still open PCX files, although some may not be able to. Support for the multi-page DCX variant may be less widespread. Both online and downloadable converters are available, some downloadable converters may be able to perform batch conversions, which can save significant time if large numbers of files need to be converted.
What programs work with PCX files?
GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, ImageMagick, IrfanView, PaintShop Pro, and Microsoft Windows Picture and Fax Viewer can all display PCX files natively. File converters such as Zamzar and FileZigZag are both online tools that can convert PCX files into other, more common image formats. Some fax and scanning applications may still support this file format.