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Details of extension .pvk

On this page, we're going to take a closer look at the .pvk file extension, which is related to Microsoft Software Publisher Private Key.

We'll explain what exactly a .pvk file format is and how you can use it. If you're interested in learning more details about this type of file, we'll show you where to find them. And if you ever need to convert .pvk files into different formats, we'll give you some tips on how to do that too.

Let's see the file format associated with this file extension!


  1. Microsoft Software Publisher Private Key

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Microsoft Software Publisher Private Key

pvk file - Microsoft Software Publisher Private Key
The PVK file belongs to the Data category and works with Microsoft Software Publisher Certificate Test, being used as a Microsoft Software Publisher Private Key. A software publishing private key is a public key certificate used to sign a file, that encapsulates the signer’s X.509 certificate(s) and the root certificate. The developer is still actively supporting the Microsoft Software Publisher Certificate Test, likely. According to our data, Microsoft Software Publisher Certificate Test uses one more file types.
Program name: -
Category: Data files
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Related extensions:
.spc Microsoft Software Publisher Certificate

The .pvk file extension might not only belong to a single type of file, there could be various kinds that use it. Keep in mind that files with the .pvk extension may contain various content types. If you have helpful information about this extension, write to us!

Could someone have spelled the .pvk file extension wrong?

In our database, we came across the following similar extensions:

.pvl Instalit Library
.pfk XTree Programmable Function Keys Settings
.pck Microsoft SMS Package
.vpk Valve Pak
.pvj K-Flow ProofVision Job Ticket
.pdk PC Desktop Cleaner Configuration

The .pvk extension is frequently misused

People sometimes confuse the .pvk filename extension. Based on the searches on our site, here are the most common misspellings from the past year.

pvl (1), pfk (1), pck (1), vpk (1), pvj (1), pdk (1), ovk (1), pvu (1), pv (1), pvm (1)

Having trouble opening a .pvk file?

If you want to open a .pvk file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. Incorrect settings for the .pvk association can trigger this error.

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.pvk

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program with which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2016/2019/2022, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux, Mac OS X, macOS, iOS, Android