It is used in Flexographic and rotogravure ink formulations for food-packaging and other food-contact applications. Its other uses are in Surface coatings solvent, Chemical intermediate, N-propylamines and N-propyl esters (insecticides and herbicides), n-propyl acetate (inks), Dispersing agent and Processing (extraction) solvent for pharmaceuticals. In the coatings industry, it is used as a semi-volatile alcohol for improving the drying properties.
In the cleaning agent sector, it is added to floor polishes and metal degreasing agents. In adhesive manufacture, it serves as an additional solvent. It is also used in deicing fluids, as an extracting agent and as an entrainer in azeotropic distillations. It serves as a starting material for the manufacture of medicines. It is reacted with acetic acid, with ammonia and with halogens to yield the corresponding propyl groups.