.PCH File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .PCH file extension:

  1. Nastran Punch Output File
  2. Precompiled Header File

1. Nastran Punch Output File

Nastran Punch Output File
  • Developer MSC Software
  • Popularity
    3.5 (16 votes)
  • Category Data Files
  • Format Text

Output file created by MSC Nastran, a structural analysis program that enables you to test the integrity of different structures such as spacecraft or buildings; contains different types of data output depending on the card (similar to a command) that is run.

An example of a card is XYPUNCH, which will create an output of the X and Y-axis data, e.g., magnitude vs. frequency. The contents of the PCH file created from this card would consist of two types of data. The first type would resemble the .F06 file, with mode shapes, static displacements, and grid point stress data, but in alternate format from the F06 file. The second type of output would display magnitude vs. frequency, which helps plot the response curve in a spreadsheet.

Software's name License Platforms
MSC Nastran MSC Nastran Commercial LinuxWindows

Updated: December 13, 2013

2. Precompiled Header File

Precompiled Header File

Contains programming code referenced by a source code file, often using an #include preprocessor directive; may reference other header (.H) files and other resources.

PCH files are used by Microsoft Visual C++ and other software development programs, such as Apple Xcode. PCH files used by Xcode are called Prefix Header files and are typically named "[name]_Prefix.pch."

Software's name License Platforms
Any text editor Any text editor AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindowsWindows Phone
Apple Xcode Apple Xcode Freeware Mac
Code Blocks Code Blocks Open Source LinuxMacWindows
GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) Open Source LinuxMac
MacroMates TextMate MacroMates TextMate Commercial Mac
Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio Commercial Windows

Updated: March 4, 2015

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