.PCLX File Extension

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What is a PCLX file?

A PCLX file is an animation project file created by Pencil2D, an open-source 2D animation application. It is a Zip-compressed file that contains an .XML file and a data folder used to load a project in Pencil2D. PCLX files can be opened in Pencil2D or decompressed to view their contents.

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Screenshot of a .pclx file in Pencil2D 0.6
PCLX file open in Pencil2D 0.6

Pencil2D is a free 2D animation program available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Animators use Pencil2D to create and export animated movies, which are saved as .MP4 or .GIF files. Animators can also export specific frames from their movies as .PNG, .JPG, .BMP, or .TIFF files.

When an animator saves a Pencil2D project, the project is saved as a PCLX file. The PCLX file is a compressed file that contains a main.xml file, which Pencil2D uses to open and load the project, as well as a data folder. The data folder contains additional XML files, PNG files representing each of a movie's frames, and any .WAV or other audio files that have been added to the movie's Sound Layer.

NOTE: Pencil2D previously saved users' projects as PCL files.

How to open a PCLX file

You can open a PCLX file in Pencil2D (cross-platform). To do so, select File → Open from the program's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your PCLX file.

If necessary, you can also decompress a PCLX file to view the XML, PNG, and other files it contains. You can decompress a PCLX file using any Zip decompression utility, such as Corel WinZip (Windows), Apple Archive Utility (Mac), or PeaZip (Windows, Linux).

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