.PIM File Extension

File Type 1

Pro Tools Controller Plug-in Mappings File

Developer Avid Technology
3.5  |  11 Votes
Category Plugin Files
Format N/A

What is a PIM file?

File created by Pro Tools, a digital audio workstation for recording, editing, and mixing audio; contains a customized layout of parameters for a control surface (i.e., D-control, D-command, C24, and Command 8); allows plug-in control surface mappings to be saved and reloaded.

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Updated August 24, 2015
File Type 2

PIM Archive

Developer Ilia Muraviev
2.4  |  5 Votes
Category Compressed Files
Format Binary

What is a PIM file?

A PIM file is a compressed archive created by PIM, an archive utility for Windows. It contains one or more files that have been compressed and packaged together for more efficient storage and distribution. PIM files often contain multiple image, audio, and/or other multimedia files.

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PIM file open in PIM

Developer Ilia Muraviev released PIM in 2004. PIM's proprietary compression format, which is referred to as both PIM and PIMPLE, is optimized for compressing multimedia files.

To create a PIM archive, users first select File → New... to create the archive. Then, they select Commands → Add File(s)... or Commands → Add Folder... to add files or folders to the archive. After a user has added files to a PIM archive, they cannot add more files to that archive.

Common PIM Filenames

NewArchive.pim - The default name PIM assigns to PIM files.

How to open a PIM file

You can open a PIM file with PIM (Windows). To do so, select File → Open.... Then, navigate to and open your PIM file. After opening your PIM file, you can select Commands → Extract... to extract the files your PIM file contains.

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Updated February 17, 2023

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