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How to Convert a Portable Prezi to a Prezi Desktop File (PEZ)

…yes, and why on earth should you be wanting to do this?

I had a portable prezi (ZIP with app/exe and a couple of files and folders included) on my harddisk and wanted to use it as a basis for a new prezi. The presentation was not in my prezi account as I had to delete it for the lack of space in the free version. Back when I saved it on my harddisk, I had no subscription of Prezi, so that saving it as PEZ file did not appear worthwhile. Well, there I was with a ZIP file and no way of neither uploading it to Prezi nor of opening it in Prezi desktop.

How to convert then?

Step 1: Unzip the ZIP file (if you haven’t unzipped it for use already).
Step 2: Within the folder created by unzipping the file, there is a folder named “content”. Within this folder, there is a folder named “data”. Rename the folder “data” to “prezi”.
Step 3: Open your terminal window and go to the parent folder of “prezi”–which is “content”. You can do this by typing “cd ” (note the space after “cd”) into the command line in terminal and then dragging and dropping the folder “content” into the terminal window. Press enter.
Step 4: Use the command “zip -r0 convertedprezi.pez prezi” (that’s a numerical digit zero in the “-r” option). “convertedprezi.pez” is the file name of the file you want to create. You can give it a different name, of course. By executing this command, you are creating a zip folder without compression. If you don’t want to use the terminal or use an operation system other than OS X, use the tool, you normally use to create ZIP files without compression (this point is important: no compression!).
Step 5: There is no step five. You are done. You can open the file in Prezi Desktop now and upload it into your Prezi account from there. Everything without guarantee and at your own risk. Make a backup to be on the safe side.

Simple, isn’t it? Now, I wonder why the Prezi developers don’t seem to be willing to include an import function for these portable Prezis into Prezi Desktop.

Does it work for you? Are you experiencing difficulties with this conversion? Please, leave a comment.

Note 2013-04-07: This is an updated/corrected version of the post.

20 Kommentare

  1. ismail wrote:

    so i used andres tovar’s method because i’m windows user but when i import to prezi it says error, so where is the error? any help please?

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  2. Thanks Andres Tovar, Rahul and John. I had lost a presentation I had spent more than six months working on. God Bless You!

    Friday, March 6, 2015 at 6:40 am | Permalink
  3. Adeel wrote:

    Hey guyz, am in a trouble… I am not a mac user and still got the same problem, I have a portable prezi which I need to edit. It’s infact my own prezi but I accidently deleted the pez file. can anyone help me???

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  4. Horatiorama wrote:

    Adeel: If you’re a windows user, you’ll find the solution in the comments.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11:10 pm | Permalink
  5. Adeel wrote:

    Thank GOD… and thank you guyz, thanks a lot lot lot… TOVAR’s method worked… am so thankful can’t even express… thanks a million…

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm | Permalink
  6. massimo wrote:

    Thanks a lot Horatiorama!

    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  7. aza wrote:

    hello i have got prezi desktop 5.2.8 but when i open it the connection is lost it say (no conection to prezi ) what should i do plzz help

    Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:59 am | Permalink
  8. Jaime wrote:

    I love you. Thank you very much!!
    After trying some ways at the end it worked!!
    It’s very nice find this post in the deseperation 😉

    Monday, May 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
  9. Gaurav wrote:

    Thank you. It worked on windows. I zipped file using winRar.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:12 am | Permalink
  10. sara wrote:

    Thank you so much!!!!

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm | Permalink
  11. allan wrote:

    June 2015/ OS Win 7 – Worked perfect with Winrar

    Thank you!

    Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm | Permalink
  12. Constanza wrote:

    This is amazing!!! Thanks very much Horatiorama also thank you Andres Tobar. Regards from Chile!!!

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  13. Andrew Mayo wrote:


    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 1:47 am | Permalink
  14. Ulisses wrote:

    Thank you very much. Saved me hours of work on and old presentation that needs updating.


    Monday, October 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  15. Jarvis wrote:

    Thanks a lot, you just saved my day!!!

    Friday, October 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
  16. Gautam wrote:

    This post is written by lord himself! Saved a lot of hours for me! Thanks a lot!

    Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  17. salma wrote:

    plz, can u make a video for that !!

    Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:06 am | Permalink
  18. Horatiorama wrote:

    I don’t think it’s worth it at the moment as it looks as if the Prezi team doesn’t want people to save PEZ files any longer–I might be mistaken in my observation. It is a shame as this means that I will have to turn my back to Prezi in the long run as I do not really want to trust the cloud entirely but keep my own archive instead.

    Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  19. Islam M. Hegazy wrote:

    Thank you so much, you saved me, I cant thank you enough, God blesses you.

    Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink
  20. afsane wrote:

    Hi, I am a windows user and I just have a .exe file. I cant find the TOVAR comment which every one is talking about. can you help me?

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

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