Rob van der Woude's Scripting Pages

File Viewers and Converters

File viewers and converters aren't really scripting tools, but even as a scripter you'll often need them anyway.

The "Features" column tells you more about the program's functionality:

By looking in the column designated "Scriptable" you can see if the viewer can be used in scripts:

 

File viewers organized by file types

 

Archives
(arc, cab, mht, rar, zip, etc.)
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
7-Zip
Igor Pavlov
X CLI
💾 Free
(donations welcome)
ExtractMHT
Jared Breland
X CLI
💾 Free
IZArc
Ivan Zahariev
X CLI
💾 Free
(donations welcome)
Universal Extractor
Jared Breland
X CLI
💾 Free
WinRAR
WinRAR
X CLI
💾 🛒
 
Bitmap Images
(bmp, gif, jpg, raw, tiff, etc.)
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
CopyExif
Ken Reneris
(1) CLI
💾 Free
dpMagic Plus
dpMagic Software
V
💾 🛒
ExifTool
Phil Harvey
(1)
💾 Free
(donations welcome)
FastPictureViewer WIC RAW Codec Pack
Axel Rietschin
(2) OLE
💾 🛒
FastStone Image Viewer
FastStone
V+P+C
💾 🛒
FastStone MaxView
FastStone
V+P+C
💾 🛒
FastStone Photo Resizer
FastStone
V+C
💾 🛒
FxIF (Firefox EXIF viewer)
Christian Eyrich
(1)
💾 Free
IrfanView
Irfan Skiljan
V+P+C CLI
💾 Free
(donations welcome)
MDI to TIFF File Converter
Microsoft
C
💾 Free
RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
Microsoft
V+P
💾 Free
(validation required)
SImage
Ken Reneris
CLI+OLE
💾 Free
STDU Explorer
STDUtility.com
(5)
💾 Free
 
Databases
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
Access Database Viewer
Free Labs Software
V
💾 Free
RazorSQL
Richardson Software
V+C
💾 🛒
Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access
Microsoft
V
💾 Free
xBaseView
Mutex LLC
V
💾 🛒
 
Multimedia
(music & video)
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
Adobe Flash Player
Macromedia (Adobe)
V
💾 Free
Flash Movie Player
Eolsoft
V
💾 Free
Free CD to MP3 Converter
Eusing Software
C
💾 Free
Free M4a to MP3 Converter
Maniac Tools
V+C
💾 Free
HandBrake
The HandBrake Team
C CLI
💾 Free
MediaInfo Lite (media file analyzer)
KL Software
V
💾 Free
QuickTime
Apple
V OLE
💾 Free
RealTimes
RealTimes
V
💾 Free
SWF & FLV Player
Eltima
V
💾 Free
SWF & FLV Player Pro
Eltima
V
💾 🛒
SWF & FLV Toolbox
Eltima
C
💾 🛒
SWF Live Preview
Eltima
V
💾 Free
SWF Video Converter
Eltima
C
💾 🛒
Swiff Player
GlobFX
V
💾 Free
VLC Media Player
The VideoLAN Team
C+V
💾 Free
Winamp Media Player
Winamp
V
💾 Free
Windows Media Player
Microsoft
V OLE
💾 Free
 
Corel/Microsoft/OpenOffice
(dbf, doc, mdb, odt, ppt, rtf, sxw, wpd, xls, etc.)
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
Access Database Viewer
Free Labs Software
V
💾 Free
Bullzip Print to Word
BioPDF
(9)
💾 Free
Excel Viewer
Microsoft
V+P
💾 Free
Advanced PDF to Word Converter
OfficeConvert.com
C
💾 🛒
OXPS to XPS converter tool for Windows 7 SP1/Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft
C
💾 Free
(validation required)
Pandoc
John MacFarlane
C CLI
💾 Free
Powerpoint Viewer
Microsoft
V+P
💾 Free
Save as PDF or XPS for MS-Office 2007
Microsoft
C
💾 Free
Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access
Microsoft
V
💾 Free
TextMaker Viewer
SoftMaker
V+P
💾 Free
Visio Viewer
Microsoft
V+P
💾 Free
Word Viewer
Microsoft
V+P
💾 Free
xBaseView
Mutex LLC
V
💾 🛒
 
Portable Documents
(pdf, xps, oxps)
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
Acrobat Wrapper
bioPDF
(8) CLI
💾 Free
Adobe Reader
Adobe
V+P CLI
💾 Free
Bullzip PDF printer
BioPDF
C OLE
💾 Free
doPDF (PDF printer)
Softland
C
💾 Free
Doro PDF printer
the sz development
C
💾 Free
(donations welcome)
Drumlin PDF Reader/Publisher
Drumlin Security
V+P
💾 Free
Foxit Reader
Foxit Software
V+P CLI
💾 Free
MUPDF
Dirk Paehl
V+C+P (6) CLI
💾 Free
Advanced PDF to Word Converter
OfficeConvert.com
C
💾 🛒
OXPS to XPS converter tool for Windows 7 SP1/Server 2008 R2 SP1
Microsoft
C
💾 Free
(validation required)
PDF-XChange Viewer
Tracker Software
V+P
💾 Free
PDF2HTML
Mikhail Kruk
C CLI
💾 Free
PDF2Word Online
BCL Technologies
C
💾 Free
PDF995 Suite (PDF printer+)
Software995.com
C
💾 🛒
PDFZilla
PDFZilla.com
C
💾 🛒
Save as PDF or XPS for MS-Office 2007
Microsoft
C
💾 Free
STDU Explorer
STDUtility.com
(5)
💾 Free
Sumatra PDF
Krzysztof Kowalczyk
V+P+C (7) CLI
💾 Free
Text Mining Tool
Text-Mining-Tool.com/
C CLI
💾 Free
XPS Viewer
Microsoft
V+P CLI
💾 Free
Zilla PDF to TXT Converter
PDFZilla.com
C
💾 Free
 
Help Files
(hlp, hxs)
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
HXS to CHM Converter
JSWare
C
💾 Free
Windows Help Program
Microsoft
V+P
💾 Free
(validation required)
 
eBooks
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
Calibre
Kovid Goyal
V+C
💾 Free
KindleGen
Amazon
C CLI
💾 Free
Pandoc
John MacFarlane
C CLI
💾 Free
STDU Explorer
STDUtility.com
(5)
💾 Free
 
XML & XSLT
Product
Programmer / Manufacturer
Features Scriptable
Download Purchase
AltovaXML
Altova
V+C OLE
💾 Free
XML Starlet
Dago et al
V CLI
💾 Free
 
Notes
1 With CopyExif, ExifTool and FxIF you can read and modify an image's EXIF data, but you cannot view nor change the image itself
2 With FastPictureViewer WIC RAW Codec Pack you can view RAW images from Canon, Nikon, and others in Windows Explorer too
3 DCRAW is a command line tool; it can convert RAW images and read metadata, but it cannot be used to view images
4 SImage consists of SImageUtil.dll and SImg.exe; SImg.exe is a command line tool (wrapper for SImageUtil.dll), SImageUtil.dll is a DLL to be used for scripting; both can resize images and read metadata, but they cannot be used to view images
5 STDU Explorer adds a preview pane to an otherwise very Windows Explorer like window with all of Explorer's context menus
6 MUPDF contains a PDF viewer plus 6 other command line PDF utilities
7 SumatraPDF can save PDF files as Unicode text (discarding all formatting and graphics, of course)
8 Acrobat Wrapper is, as its name suggests, a wrapper for Adobe Reader, so Adobe Reader is still required
9 The free (unlicensed) version of Bullzip Print to Word can print up to 2 pages, the paid version can print an unlimited number of pages

 


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