Aside from a Windows laptop my employer forces me to use our family is 100% Macintosh (both PowerPC and Intel). I received a .pages file today from a neighbor. I needed to access the information in the document but the trial copy of Apple's iWorks had expired.
When people email me Microsoft Word .doc files Gmail quite conveniently provides a link to view the document as HTML. No such luck for a .pages file.
Personally, I wish people would just use open file formats, rather than proprietary ones. If I need a text editor I usually use vi. If I need to typeset something I'll use either LaTeX or ConTeXt. But I didn't want to ask the sender to convert it to another format; I was just grateful she sent the information I needed in a timely fashion.
I briefly did some Google searching; when I didn't see anything that seemed remotely relevant on the first page of search results I suddenly had a hunch: perhaps a .pages file is a .zip archive?
michael$ unzip -l June\ 09.pages Archive: June 09.pages Length Date Time Name -------- ---- ---- ---- 70187 07-19-09 11:10 QuickLook/Thumbnail.jpg 20084 07-19-09 11:10 QuickLook/Preview.pdf 335 07-19-09 11:10 buildVersionHistory.plist 361897 07-19-09 11:10 index.xml -------- ------- 452503 4 files
No need for iWork; I just unzipped the QuickLook/Preview.pdf and I could easily open that. The .xml file, especially when pretty-printed with extra whitespace and appropriate layers of indenting, was also quite humanly readable.
So, if you need to read a .pages file under Linux, Unix, Windows or on a Mac without iWork, just run: unzip -j document.pages QuickLook/Preview.pdf
—Michael A. Cleverly
Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 11:50
Note that OpenOffice.org 3.0 and NeoOffice both support reading *and editing* Microsoft Word .doc and .docx files on the Mac, as well as other Microsoft Office formats.
Thank you! It is unfortunate that this solution is buried so deeply in the search results at Google.
Thank you very much. I was able to unzip and get the PDFs without any problem.
wow! how clever indeed. i found your blog post in the first page of my google search results (sixth result). i just searched using the following terms: (".pages") (file). I didn't completely understand your instructions at first but I played around with the file I was attempting to open. From Windows Explorer I right-clicked on the file, went to SecureZip (my Zip program), then "Extract." From there you just decide where to extract to (which folder) and when done you will see the QuickLook folder. That folder will contain the PDF version of the document. Brilliant!
Great info - thanks. All the other forums said there was no way to view a .pages file on a Windows PC.
you, my friend, are a genius.
Very useful - thanks so much!
You saved my daughter! I changed the .pages extension to .zip on my Windows box, and opened the zip file.
Oh that's awesome! You just saved me a big headache.
Many thanks is really really useful!!!!
Hey Cleverly...this is fantastic!! Saved me tedious time also!!! What a SWEET piece of information...thank you!!
WOW...amazzing, thank you so much.
Perfect. Renamed the file to .zip and was able to get the PDF out of it. Thanks for the post!
Thank you! Incredibly helpful! (And easy!)
My Quicklook folder does not have a pdf... only a tiny jpg. :(
Brilliant! I love smart people.
Thanks. I've never had iWorks on any of my Apples so was a bit disconcerted when I received a .pages file. However this works fine here under both MacOSX and RISC OS.
Thanks for the hint about the .zip file. Under MacOSX changing the extension to .zip and under RISC OS changing the filetype to Archive allowed access to the files enclosed in the pages file.
Extrapolating from this most useful info, my son and I just discovered that in Windows, which hasn't a clue about a .pages file, you can extract with 7zip (http://www.7-zip.org/). A simple right-click on the file provides the options if 7zip is integrated into the shell.
Brilliant! You just saved me hours of recreating an outline. I have no computer savvy and I figured out how to do it.
Thank you thank you thank you! I was sent a file for a project from a newer version of Pages, and didn't want to pay to upgrade iWork for one file. This shortcut was a lifesaver!!
Thanks so much for your hot tip!
Thanks so much!
Thank you so very much!
Thank you. In Mac I changed .pages for .zip. This generated 3 files: 1) QuickLook, 2) .plist, 3) index.xml
Then you open the Quicklook folder and will find the file Preview.pdf
Great info. It saved me time and money. That rocks. Thanks!
Thank you so much for posting this!
posted on July 2009, still helping lost souls in July 2011 - pretty big splash with this pebble - Thanks :o)
Thank you! This is very helpful
Brilliant. After reading your note, I simply changed the extension from .pages to .zip, and clicked. (For mac users, it created a new folder, with file Preview.pdf in the QuickLook subfolder.) On a PC, you might have to (a) change the extension and (b) unzip.
Thank you so much!!! You're a total star :-)
Worked perfectly! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us!
I have never commented on any help forum, but had to comment on this. It is genius. Thank you!
Thanks for posting this info, that was very helpful, i've never come across a .pages file before so was VERY confused!
Excellent detective work. Thanks.
Thanks a lot for your tip! Worked perfectly!
Thank you so much for posting this article. I've received .pages files before (I have a Mac 10.5.8 but don't have iWork), and I was really not wanting my client to send another format. I'm already behind!
You're a lifesaver!
Thanks so much for this easy solution! (Mac user who doesn't have iworks).
Thank you so much! That was super easy. I am a Mac user and designing a newsletter and people keep sending me the copy in Pages docs. Its really annoying!
Awesome!! Thank you so much!!
Excellent! Thank you so much for the hint!
Thanks for the tip!
Alternatively, on a MAC, you could drag the .pages file into STUFFIT expander, (or ctrl-click and "open with" STUFFIT; same as changing the file extension to .zip and double clicking), and Stuffit it will unzip into a separate folder which contains a separate folder with a Preview pdf.
Unbelievable! How did you ever come up with hunch! Worked great! Thanks!
WOW. That is amazing! Many thanks!! Would have never figured it out alone.
You, sir, are the shit!Thanks for ridding me of my stress-induced head pain.
Brilliant, thank you!
thank you! this just saved me a lot of hassle.
Thanks! I took your guidance, renamed the extension .zip and was able to open the Preview file.
Many thanks, had promised a co-worker that the work in the file emailed to me was good! Now I've read it - it was!
You can also use Google Docs to open these.
Unfortunately, if the user has chosen to not save the "Preview.PDF" this will not work. There is a Windows utility on SourceForge that will extract the raw text, but I find it a bit ironic that Apple doesn't even support a file format they invented natively within OS X. I can preview the file but when examining the contents I can see there was no .PDF created. Only an XML file.
You don't know how much I love you. You smart fucker.
Here we are in March, 2013 and this advice is still saving folks like me loads of trouble. Thank you much!
You are still a genius. Thank you.
Thank you for this.. wish I found this earlier.
I opened a .pages attachment to my e-mail when I was logged into google, and I was able to open the file in google docs. Easy to view/print from there.
Based on this tip, I tried right clicking on the attachment icon in the email and I directly selected "open with Preview". It works fine, no need to bother with zip etc.
Thank you so much!!!
Renaming the file from .pages to .zip let me preview the .pdf! on my mac
Well, I made my 474-page .pages file into a .zip file, and unzipped it by clicking it. That created a folder with three .jpg files in it, all of which will come up in Preview and save as .pdf files. That was encouraging, until I discovered that each one shows only the first page of the 474 pages in the original file.
I'd like to thank you, but can't do it yet.