What is a .STEP File And How To Open It (Simple Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .step extension, but you are not sure what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .step file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .STEP file?

The file extension .STEP is from STEP 3D Model.The file is a 3D images related file.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .step file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .STEP file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Okino Computer Graphics PolyTrans software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Dassault Systemes SolidWorks, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Autodesk Fusion 360, FreeCAD, CADSoftTools ABViewer, Kubotek KeyCreator and Okino Computer Graphics PolyTrans.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .STEP 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Okino Computer Graphics PolyTrans software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .STEP file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .step file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Autodesk Fusion 360 software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use FreeCAD and Autodesk Fusion 360 software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .STEP 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 right click on your file and choose “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 Autodesk Fusion 360 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 .STEP file on Linux

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

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

Step 2

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

How to open a .STEP file on Android

There is easy way to open the .step file on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .STEP file in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Autodesk Fusion 360 software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .step file on Android is Autodesk Fusion 360. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .STEP file on iOS

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .step file on iOS in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first 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 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Autodesk Fusion 360 software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. The other software that opens the .step file on iOS is Autodesk Fusion 360. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .STEP file?

If you cannot open the .STEP file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .STEP file.stex – Godot, .stf – Microsoft, .stf – Microsoft, .stfx – IK Multimedia, .stg – Microsoft. 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 .STEP file with the Okino Computer Graphics PolyTrans, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Autodesk Fusion 360, FreeCAD, CADSoftTools ABViewer, Kubotek KeyCreator programs on Windows, Autodesk Fusion 360, FreeCAD programs on Mac, FreeCAD software on Linux, Autodesk Fusion 360 software on Android and Autodesk Fusion 360 software on iOS.