.AFPUB File Extension

Affinity Publisher Document

Developer Serif
4.2  |  5 Votes
Category Page Layout Files
Format Binary

What is an AFPUB file?

An AFPUB file is a page layout project created by Serif Affinity Publisher, which is a desktop publishing alternative to Adobe InDesign. It contains page layout information, which may include text, images, graphics, and other Affinity Publisher elements. Affinity Publisher users often save magazine, brochure, flyer, invitation, book, and webpage layouts as AFPUB files.

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Screenshot of a .afpub file in Serif Affinity Publisher 1.10
AFPUB file open in Serif Affinity Publisher 1.10

Serif released Affinity Publisher in 2017 to replace PagePlus, and to accommodate their Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer applications. Graphic designers use Affinity Publisher to create printed and online documents, such as magazines, brochures, flyers, books, brand guidelines, and manuals. The software includes many tools that allow graphic designers to place, align, and adjust images and text, as well as add additional, layer-based graphic design elements.

When a graphic designer saves an Affinity Publisher project, the project is saved as an AFPUB file. The AFPUB file contains all the information needed to re-open the project in Affinity Publisher, including a record of the edits the graphic designer has made to the project. That way, the graphic designer can undo or adjust their edits in the future.

NOTE: Serif replaced PagePlus with Affinity Publisher in 2017.

How to save an AFPUB file as a package

AFPUB files often contain links to images and other assets included in a page layout project. If you want to avoid preserving links to the assets included in an AFPUB file, you can save the project as a package, which will automatically create copies of all linked assets and store them alongside your AFPUB file. To save an AFPUB file as a package, select File → Save As Package... from Affinity Publisher's menu bar.

How to open an AFPUB file

You can open an AFPUB file with Affinity Publisher by selecting File → Open from the program's menu bar.

How to convert an AFPUB file

Serif Affinity Publisher can convert AFPUB files to the following formats:

  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .GIF - Graphical Interchange Format
  • .EPS - Encapsulated PostScript
  • .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics
  • .TIFF - Tagged Image File Format
  • .TGA - Targa Graphic
  • .EXR - OpenEXR Image
  • .HDR - High Dynamic Range Image
  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
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Programs that open AFPUB files

Updated March 4, 2022

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