What is a .POV File And How To Open It – Persistence of Vision Raytracer (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .pov extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .pov file extension and how to open it.

What is a .POV file?

The file extension .POV stands for POV-Ray Raytracing Format. The creator of this file extension is Persistence of Vision Raytracer. The file has the text format, and it is a raster related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .pov file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .POV file?

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

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

The .pov file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .POV 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, 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 POV-Ray software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .POV file on Mac

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .POV 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: 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 POV-Ray 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 .POV file on Linux

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .POV 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: 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the POV-Ray software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .POV file?

If you are still unable to open the .POV file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .POV file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .pov – ProSystems. 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 .POV file with the POV-Ray program on Windows, POV-Ray program on Mac and POV-Ray software on Linux.