How to Open XPS File on Mac Without Any Hassle?

Bianca Huang
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To compete with Adobe's PDF format, Microsoft created the XPS format (XML Paper Specification), which is used to share documents online as a write-protected medium. Although Mac users can directly open PDF file by using Apple's Preview, XPS file is not supported. How to open XPS file on Mac? There are 3 methods to do that, using the most efficient XPS program, web based tool, even to open XPS file on Mac without installing a XPS viewer.

Open XPS file on Mac with Best XPS Viewer for Mac.

There are several XPS reader for Windows on the market, but application which can open XPS file on Mac is not that many. Opening XPS file needs a third-party Mac XPS viewer, here according to affordability, features, performance and simplicity to use, we pick Cisdem Document Reader as the best XPS viewer for Mac users.

Cisdem Document Reader is a powerful XPS viewer Mac which allows users to batch open XPS files on their Mac, and other formats are also included, such as WPD, WPS, OXPS,VISIO, DjVu, PDF. Surely, the function of Cisdem Document Reader is far more than that. 

  • You can view multiple files at the same time within the program
  • You can print documents directly within the program
  • You are also allowed to convert and export files to PDF, Text, RTFD, Image, etc. for easy editing and file sharing
  • Even you can extract images from the files directly and save all these images in a folder
  • Still, you can search words in documents for quick navigation
  • Price: $29.99 for lifetime

How to open XPS files on Mac with Cisdem? Please follow the steps below.

  • Step 1. Free Download Cisdem Document Reader and launch it on your Mac.
    Cisdem Document Reader is not an online XPS viewer Mac, so you need to download it and launch it on your Mac. Just click the “Free Download” button below, Cisdem Document Reader will start to download. What you should do is launching it on your Mac after the download.
    Free Download
  • Step 2. Open and view XPS file on mac.
    Start Cisdem Document Reader and open XPS file on Mac with this brilliant program, or you can choose Cisdem Document Reader when you open XPS file directly. Then you can view the content of your XPS file on mac.
  • Step 3. Print your XPS file or convert XPS file to PDF on mac.
    If it is necessary, you can print your XPS file with Cisdem Document Reader on the condition that you connected printer to your Mac. What’s more, Cisdem Document Reader can make XPS file editable on Mac by converting your XPS file to PDF, or other supported formats on mac. Click the button “Save as PDF”, this step will be finished easily.

Useful Tips: 

1. There is a search bar on the top right corner, if you input your keywords, such as "Click", and enter, you will find all word, character or phrase anywhere within the shortest time.

2. The toolbar of Cisdem Document Reader allows users to do some operations on XPS files, including zoom, move, text, rotate, etc. Another highlight of it is its customizable toolbar. Users can customize particular toolbars according their requirement when viewing XPS file on mac.

Open XPS on Mac Online Free

Your first instinct to open XPS files on Mac might be to find an online free tool in Google Chrome. Actually there is a web tool to open and view XPS files on Mac, the ASPOSE XPS viewer.

It allows users to open and view XPS files that from your computer, from Dropbox or OneDrive. However, it can view files only, there is no extra features provided like other XPS viewers.

How to Open XPS Files on Mac Online Free?

  1. Go to
  2. Drag and drop the file to this xps mac online
  3. Click on View and check out the file.

How to Open XPS File on Mac without Installing XPS Viewer 

Google is always doing great to open and edit files online by offering a document suite in its Drive, including Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Photos, also adding in readers to view files in different formats, like XPS files. If you want to open XPS file on Mac even without installing any XPS viewer, just login into your Google account and use its recommended in-app reader to view the files.

  • Login in your Google Account.
  • Go to Google Drive>New>File Upload to import your XPS file into Google Drive.
  • Right Click on the XPS file once it appears in your Google Drive, choose Open with>Document Viewer for Google Drive. If it is the first time for you to open this document viewer, you need to login & notarize, then the XPS file will be opened on your XPS file on mac google

It is free to open XPS files on Mac with Google Drive, but it will take some time to upload and open the XPS file. If you need to open XPS files on Mac very often, go to a XPS Viewer for Mac listed in Method 1.

Final Words

These are the 3 highly recommended ways to open XPS files on a Mac. For user who pursue a reliable and efficient way to open XPS files and have a good reading experience, Cisdem Document Reader is your best option. If you just have one or two XPS to open and view on your Mac, instead of installing an XPS reader for Mac, web-based tools as recommended in this post worth a try.

Bianca Huang
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Bianca is a senior tech editor and strategist at Cisdem with Over 10 years of experience on PDF related solutions which covers all document editing, annotating, converting and managing etc.

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  • anneclaire

    It works easily with Cisdem !! Thanks

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  • Wally

    This Application works flawlessly, easily, and reliably. havent found any problems yet.

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  • Fulgeo

    Works great! How much does the App cost?

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  • Donna

    This was of great help. Worked like a charm. I was done in 1 minute. Thank you.

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