Oct 01

Site one: http://online2pdf.com

With this site you upload a Microsoft publisher file and the site automatically converts it and then you download it via your Safari web browser as a PDF file.

1. Go to online2pdf.com

2. Click on the browse button and upload your publisher file.

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3. The file will automatically download  as a safari download.

4.  Click on the download and it will open in preview and you can print it.

This has Google ads along the right hand sidebar so I assume it is funded by Google advertising.


 Site two: http://www.publishertopdf.com

This site is similar.

1.  Go to publishertopdf.com

2.   Drag your file on this icon to upload it.

3. When the orange download box appears, click on it. This can take a few minutes for large files.

This second site doesn’t have any advertising.

I have tested both these sites and they both worked for the file I was converting which was a four-page document including text and images. I couldn’t see that one site worked any better than the other.

Thanks to Gordon’s comment below, here’s another site that looks great and handles bigger files:


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117 Responses to “How to open a Microsoft publisher file on your Macintosh”

  1. Maus says:

    So grateful for this info. I used the second recommended site without problems. Thank you.

  2. Lauren says:

    Thanks so much! I don’t understand why Publisher isn’t Mac-compatible when most Office products are.

  3. Darlene says:

    Oh, my goodness! I am so grateful for this! I have so many Publisher files that I haven’t been able to see since I bought my Mac in 2017; most of them being poems I’ve written. This will make it so easy to see them once again. Thank you, thank you!!!

    • Gordon says:


      The office suite is molded to the Mac by the Mac Business Unit at MS. They do so because those tools have little competition in the marketplace. When it comes to design functions, most of those on the mac are far surpassed by the Adobe product line – InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. So MS doesn’t bother porting Publisher to the mac because it can’t compete. Simple cost-benefit analysis.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you so much! Online2pdf worked like a charm.

  5. GORDON says:

    In looking at the two sites offered here, both seem to have file size limitations. One actually states it at 100MB while the other just fails to work (I was parsing a 142MB file to PDF from PUB).

    A better working site, for me, has turned out to be https://www.zamzar.com/
    It actually appears to be a better site all the way around as it easily parsed my larger files and offers several conversion file types.

  6. Beth says:

    Question – Our Creative department works on Mac’s but one of our clients needs files in Publisher (they work on PC’s) Is there any Mac software that will let you save as a Publisher file?

  7. Patsy says:

    Thank you – this is very helpful – the second listed site worked for me

  8. Sam says:

    Another good site that has less restrictions is https://www.filezigzag.com/online-converter . Bulk conversions available as well.

  9. Neil says:

    This is brilliant. Thanks very much.

  10. Gladys says:

    Many thanks! Option 1 worked like a charm.

  11. BGS Vijnatham says:

    I run a PC with Publisher and just spare my records as PDF’s. My Mac-based customers can’t alter them yet can explain remedies for me to actualize. Sporadically, they have utilized my pages as drafts and duplicated (can’t change over) them to Indesign or Quark for refined kerning and so on and for simplicity of repro/print yield. (For long content substantial records, Publisher can likewise spare as unformatted Word documents, in this way usable on PC or MAC.)

  12. Heather K says:

    Option 1 worked easily and fast. Thank you so much!!!

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