HP2 File Extension

Have a problem opening a .HP2 file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what HP2 files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .HP2 file type?

Among several other extensions, the .hp2 filename extension represents the HPGL Plot File file type. HPGL stands for Hewlett-Packard Graphic Language and refers to a vector graphics language and interface implementation developed by Hewlett-Packard (HP) for their plotter devices. The second version of HPGL, usually referred to as HPGL/2, introduced several major advancements and became a de facto standard for plotters.

HPGL/2 files can have several extensions, including .plt ("plotter"), .hp1, .hp2, .hp3, .hpg, .hpgl, and a number of others. An HPGL/2 file contains a series of plotter-control instructions that, if followed, result in the required image being drawn. Thus, an .hp2 file is an HPGL/2 plot file. Often an actual CAD drawing, it can be sent directly to a compatible HP plotter or printer for actual plotting/printing on paper or other surfaces.

HPGL/2 is typically supported by many CAD systems as one of the output/export formats. There are many tools, freeware and commercial, to handle HPGL/2 files, including saving, converting, and importing into CAD applications.

Software to open or convert HP2 files

You can open HP2 files with the following programs:
ABViewer by CADSoftTools ®.
3D-Tool by 3D-Tool GmbH & Co. KG
3D-Tool by 3D-Tool

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