What is a .MTL File And How To Open It

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .mtl extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .mtl file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .MTL file?

The file extension .MTL is OBJ Material Template Library File. The format of this 3D images related file is text.

What to know

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

How to open a .MTL file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .MTL file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the MeshLab software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is MeshLab.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .MTL file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the MeshLab software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .MTL file on Mac

The .mtl file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the MeshLab software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Cheetah3D and MeshLab.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .MTL 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the MeshLab software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .MTL file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the MeshLab software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MeshLab.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .MTL 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: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

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

Still cannot open the .MTL file?

If you are still unable to open the .MTL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .MTL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .mtm – MultiTracker Module, .mtm – Macrofocus, .mto – FastCAM, .mtp – Yannick Delwiche, .mtq – Nando Penteado. 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 .MTL file with the MeshLab program on Windows, MeshLab, Cheetah3D programs on Mac and MeshLab software on Linux.