Converting PBN Files to LIN Files

LIN is the file format for bridge deals that is used by Bridge Base Online (BBO).

As of version 5.81, BridgeComposer can create LIN files by linking to Richard Pavlicek's "Bridge File Converter" (BFC) program.

    • To install BridgeComposer, download and run the current release MSI file from our Download page (30-day free trial applies).

    • If you already have BridgeComposer installed, use the "Help→Check For Updates" menu command to be sure you have the latest version.

  1. To install BFC, download and run bfcsetup.exe (in the "Bridge Software" section at

  2. To convert a PBN to LIN, use BridgeComposer to open it (using the File→Open menu command) and then invoke the File→Export As→Bridge Base Online (.lin) menu command.

Alert! Don't delete the PBN version after converting to LIN. The PBN version may include details that are not transferred to the LIN version.

BridgeComposer may also be used to create new content in PBN format, to convert LIN into PBN, and to perform many other bridge-related tasks.

Here is a video demonstrating the above steps:

For reference, here are some other utilities that also convert PBN to LIN:

* The starred utilities convert card holdings only. BridgeComposer, BFC, and NetBridgeVu also convert commentary, auction, and play.


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