PDXplorer PDX Viewer software

The PDXplorer PDX Viewer is a simple, free, user-friendly tool for viewing parts, multi-level BOMs, file attachments and other PDX design package data. It offers a powerful interface that displays helpful labels rather than the obscure names defined by IPC-2570.

PDXplorer 4.2 highlights differences between PDX packages, and can export data in user-defined Excel CSV text files.


PDXplorer 4.x is obsolete, and may not work well on recent Windows. We recommend PDXplorer 5 for all Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 / 11 releases.

Hardware Requirements
Processor 32-bit: 2 GHz Pentium III (or equivalent), or higher
64-bit: 2 GHz AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support, or higher
Memory (RAM) 512 MiB (1 GB recommended) prior to Windows 7
1 GB (2 GB recommended) for Windows 7, or higher
Hard disk space 10 MB for application installation. You'll also require enough working space to uncompress the PDX files, which may be 2-3 times larger than your largest PDX file.
Windows operating systems with .NET 4 or higher 32-bit 64-bit
Windows Server 2008, 2008R2: all Editions Yes Yes
Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate SP1 SP1
Windows Vista: Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate SP2 Yes
Windows Server 2003: all Editions SP2 SP2
Windows XP: Professional SP3 SP2

Download & install

Before installing this release, use Windows Control Panel to uninstall any previous PDXplorer Viewer release.

Microsoft .NET 4 Client Profile is a prerequisite, and is installed on most Windows operating systems.

If your computer doesn't have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile installed, you can install it now, or accept it via Windows Update, before installing the PDXplorer Viewer.

The PDXplorer PDX Viewer installer uses the Microsoft Installer setup (.exe) format. If these files are blocked on your computer, you can download the compressed (.zip) version, and then extract the PDXplorerViewerSetup file. The Microsoft Installer (.msi) format is used for group policy object (GPO) deployment.

Release Date Size Download
4.2.25840.0 2014-02-19 1.32 MiB PDXplorerViewerSetup-4_2_25840_0.exe
4.2.25840.0 2014-02-19 1.12 MiB PDXplorerViewerSetup-4_2_25840_0.zip
4.2.25840.0 2014-02-19 860 KiB PDXplorerViewerSetup-4_2_25840_0-x64.msi
4.2.25840.0 2014-02-19 860 KiB PDXplorerViewerSetup-4_2_25840_0-x86.msi

The application interface can be changed from English to Deutsch, español, français, 简体中文 and other languages.


Start the PDXplorer PDX Viewer by selecting it from your Windows Start menu or your Desktop.

When the application opens:

  • Click on the Open PDX file button icon to navigate to a PDX package.

  • Click on the PDXplorer on-line help button icon to open the on-line help topics in your web browser.

PDXplorer Viewer

Example PDX file

You can test your PDXplorer PDX Viewer installation with this IPC-2570 demonstration file:

  • Use browser Save Link As... or Save Target As... command: PDX-example.pdx

To uninstall PDXplorer PDX Viewer

Use Windows Control Panel to remove the PDXplorer PDX Viewer from your computer:

  1. In the Windows Start menu, select Control Panel, then Programs and Features.
  2. Scroll down the list to find PDXplorer or PDXplorer Viewer.
  3. Select the item, and click the Uninstall button at the top of the list.

PDXplorer PDX Viewer release notes

4.2.25840.0 (2014-02-19)

  • Compare the content of two or more top-level items, independent of their item numbers [B5161]

4.1.25541.0 (2013-12-07)

4.0.24399.0 (2013-08-27)

  • Compare the content of two or more top-level items by matching their item numbers
  • Open PDX packages greater than 1 GB
  • Open Agile PDX – e.g., Oracle/Extract/9.3.1/56 – even when <Contact> omits two #Required attributes [B1028]

3.0.21602.0 (2012-12-16)

  • Revise German translation [C21262]
  • Re-open/restore main window within last or active screen [B1001]
  • Display COPY context menu option on all grids [B1000]
  • Update statusbar messages [B1002]

3.0.20653.0 (2012-07-26)

  • Redesigned user interface.