What is a .CUBE File And How To Open It (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .cube extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .cube file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .CUBE file?

The .CUBE file extension is Gaussian Cube File. The file has the text format, and it is a data related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .cube file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .CUBE file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .CUBE file on various operating systems.

How to open a .CUBE file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .cube file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Avogadro software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use NWChem and Avogadro software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CUBE file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Avogadro software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .CUBE file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .cube file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Avogadro software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is NWChem and Avogadro.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .CUBE file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Avogadro software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .CUBE file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .cube file on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the Avogadro software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is NWChem and Avogadro.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .CUBE file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Avogadro software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .CUBE file?

If you cannot open the .CUBE file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .CUBE file.cue – Cue Sheet File, .cue – Engelmann Media, .cui – Autodesk, .cuid – Baidu, .cuix – Autodesk. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .CUBE file with the Avogadro, NWChem programs on Windows, Avogadro, NWChem programs on Mac and Avogadro, NWChem software on Linux.