.PCL File Extension

Printer Command Language File

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General Information

Title PCL File Extension
Extension .pcl
Full Form Printer Command Language File
File Type Page Description Language File
Developer Hewlett-Packard
MIME Type application/vnd.hp-PCL

File Function

Primary Function Printer instructions
Additional Functions Document printing
Features Binary format, Control sequences

File Characteristics

Quality Device-specific
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Indirectly

Use Cases

Document Printing Yes
Print Customization Yes
Print Job Management Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Minimal
Best Practices Validate files, Trusted sources

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1984
Latest Version PCL 6 (PCL XL)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .prn, .ps, .pdf

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Ghostscript Free, Open source Windows, Mac, Linux
PCLWorks Paid Windows
PCL Reader Free Windows