ZW5 File Extension - What is it and how to open ZW5 format

Opening ZW5 files

Have a problem opening a .ZW5 file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what ZW5 files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .ZW5 file type?

The .zw5 extension belongs to a series of filename suffixes used in EPLAN Electric P8, a commercial CAD system developed by EPLAN Software & Service GmbH, denoting the EPLAN Macros Backup (.zw5) file type. Following the general principle adopted in EPLAN Electric P8, all backup files are saved as 7-Zip archives and assigned specific extensions (.zw[n] or .zx[n]) based on their function. Thus, project backups are given the .zw1 suffix, forms are designated with .zw4, and macros are saved as .zw5 files.

A .zw5 file is backup of EPLAN Electric P8 macros. It is a regular 7-Zip archive that contains in compressed form a series of macros (.ems) arranged in an internal directory structure. A macro (.ems) is an EPLAN XML document that serves the purpose of automating design work in EPLAN Electric P8. Equipment manufacturers often provide EPLAN-compatible data for their products in form of .zw5, .zw6 or similar archives. Any .zw5 file can be opened in EPLAN Electric P8 launching the Restore mode simply by double-clicking, and additionally any .zw5 (or any other EPLAN backup) archive can be directly opened using 7-Zip or a compatible archive tool.

Software to open or convert ZW5 files

You can open ZW5 files with the following programs:

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