The PBN Verifier checks whether a PBN file obeys the PBN 1.0 standard, the
PBN 2.0 standard, and the
PBN 2.1 standard. This PBN Verifier is available for a JAVA
environment! It means that you can execute the verification process on
any platform (supporting Java). The PBN Verifier also enables the
generation of portable export PBN files.
All the JAVA source and class files can be found in PbnJVeri.zip . The documentation (also in the
zip file) can be viewed here .
There is also a PBN Verifier written in C that only verifies against
the PBN 1.0 standard. The source code for
this PBN Verifier can be found here . The
verifier is available as Windows95, Windows3.11 and MS-DOS program.
The PBN Viewer presents all the bridge games of a PBN file. You can
view the auction calls, the played cards and the raw PBN
notation. You can use this PBN Viewer to view the above PBN databases.
The PBN Viewer is available as a JAVA program.
The archive PbnJView.zip
contains all files. The documentation (also in the zip file) can be
viewed here .
Note that this Java PBN Viewer has an extra option to perform a Double
Dummy analysis based on the bridge engine of GIB.
There is also a PBN Viewer written in C that only processes PBN 1.0 files. There are two executables.
The Windows95 program pbn_view.exe can be found here
The Windows3.11 program PbnView3.exe can be found here (3.11) .
At some WindowsNT PCs you need a (new) version of the DLL cw3215.dll.
You can download cw3215.dll from this site ,
or from thecia
, where it is updated regularly.
You can also play on this web site with the PBN
Viewer applet. It enables you to view several PBN files without the
need to download the PBN Viewer (and the Java run-time environment).
HTML5 PBN Viewer
Phil Allen has made a
HTML5 PBN Viewer for playback of PBN files in a browser on your (mobile) system.
The viewer is available on
John Goacher has
developed Bridge Solver, a free interactive bridge hand analyser
utilising Bo Haglund's well known double dummy solver module. It is
implemented in three different versions:
app, a Windows program, and a website facility (e.g. at bridgewebs).
Bridge Solver supports the PBN format and other formats.
Full information can be found at the Bridge Solver website.
WeWeWeb.NET offers an
Android Bridge Client for their online gaming environment.
can also create games and save them in PBN 1.0 format.
Further information is available at the WeWeWeb
One Table Duplicate Bridge
Brian Schott has made a browser application called
"One Table Duplicate Bridge". This app facilitates blind dealing of existing online PBN boards.
Details about the sequence of activities are explained on his website.
Shark Bridge is an iOS app that can read PBN files. This app can be
downloaded from here.
Ray Spalding has made a
Windows program to create and edit PBN files, and to print them in a pleasing format.
It has a number of other features such as creating web pages and converting
BridgeBase files. The program
can be found on the
Kaj G Backas has written BridgeFileConverter, a Windows 10 compatible program,
that reads deal data from/to in following bridge programs:
You can either select a single file or let the program search from a folder (optionally including sub-folders) for selected type of data.
It uses a dll, KGBcodec, for the calculations. The program and dll can be downloaded from the archive
- BBO and Vuegraph lin files
- Jannersten Duplimate DLM
Note that many other tools related to PBN can be found on the
homepage of Kaj G
Jarek Czekalski has made PbnTools for converting Kops, Bary, BBO, LIN formats to PBN,
and for duplicating boards from PBN files.
These tools are available from
Bob Richardson's program reads PBN and LIN files and uses
Bo Haglund's double dummy
engine to analyze hands.
It has an extensive filtering system to study results on 1,000's of
There is also a feature to enter in custom hands. The program is the
ideal tool to analyze results obtained from
BBO, and it has been translated
into 16 different languages.
The program is available for free at the BridgeCaptain
Job Scheffers has
made the bridge program
called RoboBridge. The program reads PBN files, and after playing a
game RoboBridge compares
your result with the result in the PBN game. The program can be
downloaded from the
RoboBridge web site.
You can also use this program for playing online tournaments and
compare your scores
with other competitors.
Francesco Barcio has
written a bridge playing program called SmartBridge. This program is
able to load PBN files, and it has a nice user interface for saving PBN
files. The PBN 2.0 feature ScoreTable has been implemented for
comparing game results of the same deal. SmartBridge 5.0 can be found
on this download
site. The program is also able to convert LIN files to PBN.
Steven Han has made a bridge program
called Easy Bridge. The program is able to read PBN games, view PBN
games, and to write PBN games (limited number of tags). The freeware
program Easy Bridge (recently updated
by Norm to version 4.0.3) can be downloaded from this download site or
from Steven's website.
This program is able to read PBN 2.0 files.
Matt Ginsberg and his
team have developed the (commercial) bridge program called GIB, that
can read and write PBN games. You can play yourself a game of a PBN
file, and then compare your results with the corresponding, already
played games in that PBN file. All information about GIB can be found here.
Yves Costel has made the
PC-Windows bridge program called Wbridge5 (in French). This program is
able to read and write PBN files. You can download this freeware
program the program's website.
The firm Bridgesoft has
released a new version (EB6) of Eindeloos Bridge (in Dutch). This
program is able to read several input formats including PBN. The
program EB can be found at the Bridgesoft
Blue Chip Bridge
Ian Trackman and his team
have developed the (commercial) bridge program called Blue Chip Bridge.
Version 3 is able to save and import PBN games. All information about
Blue Chip Bridge can be found at the Blue Chip Bridge web site.
The Bridge Baron team
has adopted the PBN format. Version 10 of Bridge Baron is able to
import PBN games. All information about Bridge Baron can be found at
Bridge Baron web site.
Hans Leber has added PBN
support in version 6 of the Q-plus
bridge program : the program is able to import and export PBN
Hans Kuijf developed the
bridge program 'jack', that has full PBN support.
The program can be found at jack's
Tomio Uchida and Yumiko Uchida
developed the bridge program 'Micro Bridge',
that since version 11 fully supports PBN format
and allows playing team match if the PBN file contains one or two
It also supports network play using PBN files, a variety of cards
character, and eight regional notations), etc. The program can be found
the website of Micro Bridge.
Ian McKinnon has
made bridge editor Jill that supports PBN
format and other formats.
The program can be found at the asecomputing
PBN is the standard format for importing deals to use in a session at the RealBridge site.
After each session a session organiser (a bridge club or organisation) is able to download PBN files with the bidding and play at every table.
Also a collection of teaching material in PBN is available here.
Fred Gitelman of Bridge Base
Inc. has written a Windows program to view bridge movies. The program
can handle several bridge formats among which PBN. The program can be
downloaded from the web site of
Bridge Base Inc..
Jens Brix Christiansen has
written a card dealing (MS-DOS) program used in Denmark for official
tournaments. This program (and a suite of other programs) can be found
at Alesia. The suite includes a
utility to convert the deals to PBN format.
Henk Uijterwaal has written a bridge
hand generator program using the original code of Hans van Staveren's
dealer program. The output of the deal is in PBN format. All
information about this program (including source code) can be found here.
A MS-DOS version can be downloaded from Kaj's
Hans van Staveren and Jeroen Kuipers are working
on a new version of a deal program with a guaranteed random generator.
The program has several output formats, including PBN format. All
information about this program (including source code in C) can be
found at Hans' web site.
Kaj G Backas has made a PC Windows front end to the deal program, that
can be downloaded from Kaj's
has made the Windows program ShuffleBridgeCards for generating bridge
It shuffles bridge cards, and saves results into a PBN-file and into a
Html-file. Optionally, it uses the output games of BigDeal.
All information about this program can be found here. The
Dutch version of the program
SchudBridgeSpellen can be downloaded from André's website.
The firm Ward & Sons,
Inc has developed the bridge Dealmaster software package for
processing databases of bridge deals. Since version 3.32 Dealmaster is
able to create files in PBN format of generated deals. All information
about this program can be found at the
Dealmaster web site.
Brian Pratt has
developed Bridge Manager (version 8), a versatile program for
processing bridge databases. Originally, the program acted as a
companion product for Bridge Baron. Many features have been added to
the program. Since version 8, Bridge Manager can be seen as a PBN
editor. You can load and save PBN files; and moreover you can edit
(add, change, or delete) the PBN tags including tag values of each game
in a PBN file. All information about this program can be found at the Bridge Manager web site.
Stephen Pickett has developed
a program for browsing through huge databases (databases are
available). BRidgeBRowser is capable of outputting its hands to PBN.
All information about this program can be found at the BRidgeBRowser web site.
David Howorth has made a
duplicate bridge utility, called DUPER. You can use it to, among
others, generate random hands and print them on handouts for postgame
analysis. Generated deals can be saved in PBN files, and the program
can read its own PBN files. All information about this program can be
found at David's web site.
Dirk van der Plas has developed
a suite of programs to support the administration of bridge
tournaments. One the programs, the deal generator, is able to save a
file with deals in PBN format. All information about the BridgeScorer
suite can be found at the BridgeScorer
Per Jannersten has developed a
range of hardware products with related software, that is compliant
with the PBN notation.
More information about these products (Optread, HandyDup, Scealer,
can be found at the Jannersten web
has made a MS-DOS tool, called Mr_Al, to process the score files that
come with the PBN files
created by Al Howard. It compares the score results of your own PBN
file with the scores in the already existing PBN files.
Max has also made 5 other MS-DOS programs:
These 6 programs and their documentation can be downloaded from here.
- Program 'add_scores.exe' adds score results to a PBN file. This
program is handy, since GIB (2.6.3) does not add scores to user saved
- Program 'Deal.exe' is a simple program to enter deals. The
program asks for the cards and the dealer, and then creates a PBN file.
- Pbn_mixer.exe allows you to add your own PBN file (provided by
Gib and corrected by adding scores (add_scores.exe)) to Al Howard's
- Program 'pbn_extractor.exe' allows you to select different boards
from a PBN file and categorise them in one of 3 files: bad.pbn,
good.pbn, and worse.pbn .
- Program 'pbn_imp.exe' is the same tool as Mr_Al but works on IMPs
(instead of Matchpoints).
Max has also written a MS-DOS program to practice bidding. The archive
can be downloaded from max_bidder.zip.
PS Bridge Hand
Masakatsu Sugino has
made a Windows program that presents bridge hands in a graphical way
together with the results of a complete double dummy analysis. The
program is able to read and write PBN files. The double dummy analysis
is performed with Gib's engine. The graphical presentation is stored in
a PostScript file, that can be manipulated with a PostScript viewer.
The program (PS Bridge Hand) can be downloaded from Sugino's web
Several databases are already available in PostScript format and can be
The website of
Himbuv offers several PBN conversion services: from PBN to HTML,
and from PBN to DOC.
William L. Deurwaarder
has made the tool, PBN2BridgeIt,
for converting PBN files to tournaments for the bridge program Bridge'It.
You can download this tool from their web site .
Program pbn2html is a program from Yvan
Calame. It converts a PBN file into HTML, so that the bridge games
can be viewed with a HTML browser. This utility is available on the homepage of Kaj G Backas.
Richard Pavlicek has defined
his own notation called Richard's Bridge Notation (RBN). He has also
made several MS-DOS programs acting on PBN files. All these tools can
be downloaded from Richard's web
Richard also made a conversion program called Bridge File Converter
many formats including PBN. Furthermore, this tool can be used to
convert PBN files to HTML
has made a Perl script as a Data Entry program for PBN files.
This Perl script can be downloaded here.
Please rename the downloaded file 'pbn.pl_txt' to 'pbn.pl'.
(This trick is needed to enable downloading the file.)
For updates visit Bob's
Bridge web site.
Kaj G Backas has made several tools
acting on PBN files. All these programs can be downloaded from Kaj's web site.
- PBNfinder : Finds a deal (with wildcards) dash is not yet
- PBNdistribution : Enumerates a set of deals.
- PBNstatistics : Point count counting.
- PBNclipboard : Extracts the deal of a PBN file, and converts it
to "newspaper" format.
Dré Ruigrok has made the
following MS-DOS programs acting on PBN files. Each program's user
interface and the documentation is in Dutch. All these programs can be
downloaded from this
web page of Dré Ruigrok.
- verdelen.exe : a tool to generate random deals, after optionally
specifying a certain number of cards. The program saves the deals in
- leesbigd.exe : a tool for post-processing (read, view, print,
unravel) games generated by Big
- ontrafel.exe : a tool to unravel PBN files, so that each game is
stored in a separate file.
Kaj G Backas has made a Windows95
program that presents the results of a double dummy analysis using
GIB's bridge engine. This program can be downloaded from Kaj's web site.
This program merges hand records, double dummy results, and electronic
scoring info. It reads PBN files and it is able to generate PBN files.
The program can be downloaded from here.
Kaj G Backas has made a (Word'97)
form for logging a bridge game in PBN notation. This form can be used
as an intermediate step to creating PBN files.
The form document can be downloaded from Kaj's web site.
David Howorth has written a
set of functions for printing bridge deals. The arguments in these
function are strings that use the PBN syntax. The DLL and its
documentation can be found here.