.PVK File Extension

File Type:
Private Key File

Having trouble opening .pvk extension? Don't panic! This page explains what pvk files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open pvk files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a PVK file?

Pvk file extension has Private Key file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "misc files" category.

Developers use these private key files to digitally sign applications. Each PVK file contains a key as a fragment of encoded information in a small file. They allow end users to pass the application authentication procedure. PVK files are commonly used with .SPC and .PFX files. 

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

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File Type:
Private Key File
Misc Files

How to open PVK file?

Double click the pvk file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .pvk extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the pvk extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the pvk file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open PVK files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the pvk file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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