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Name PCX
Version 3
Other names ZSoft PC Paintbrush Bitmap (3)
Identifiers PUID:  fmt/88
MIME:  image/vnd.zbrush.pcx
Classification Image (Raster)
Description PCX (Personal Computer eXchange) is a type of lossless bitmap image format first released in 1985 and last updated in 1991. This record describes the third version of the format released in 1988. PCX was a popular format among users of MS-DOS operating system and other IBM PC compatibles. It is native image file format for DOS-based program PC Paintbrush from ZSoft Corporation. PC Paintbrush was licensed to Microsoft and evolved into the Paint/Paintbrush application included with Windows operating system. The versions of Windows 3.0 through Windows 95, support the PCX format. The format has since been succeeded by other lossless image formats, such as GIF, BMP, JPEG, and PNG.
Orientation Binary
Byte order Little-endian (Intel)
Related file formats Is previous version of PCX (4)
Is subsequent version of PCX (2)
Technical Environment  
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by None.
Supported by None.
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 11 Mar 2005
Source description  
Last updated 29 Apr 2022
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