What is a .PLY File And How To Open It – Stanford University (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .ply 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. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .ply file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .PLY file?

The file extension .PLY comes from Polygon Model File. This file extension was developed by Stanford University. The file has the text and binary format, and it is a 3D images related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .ply file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .PLY file?

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

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .ply file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Blaze3D software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: ACCA Edificius, Wolfram Research Mathematica, Microsoft Paint 3D, Microsoft 3D Builder, MeshLab, Blender and Blaze3D.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PLY 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: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Blaze3D software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PLY file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Blender software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Wolfram Research Mathematica, MeshLab and Blender.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PLY 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 right click on your file and choose “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 Blender 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 .PLY file on Linux

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

1. The first step is to download the Blaze3D software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Wolfram Research Mathematica, MeshLab, Blender and Blaze3D.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .PLY 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 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 Blaze3D software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .PLY file?

If you are still unable to open the .PLY file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .PLY file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .ply – MakeMusic. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .PLY file with the Blaze3D, ACCA Edificius, Wolfram Research Mathematica, Microsoft Paint 3D, Microsoft 3D Builder, MeshLab, Blender programs on Windows, Blender, Wolfram Research Mathematica, MeshLab programs on Mac and Blaze3D, Wolfram Research Mathematica, MeshLab, Blender software on Linux.