What is a .VST3 File And How To Open It – Steinberg (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .vst3 extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. In this article we will explain what .vst3 file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .VST3 file?

The file extension .VST3 stands for VST 3 Audio Plugin. The development of this file was done by Steinberg. The file is a plugin related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .vst3 file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .VST3 file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .VST3 file on various operating systems.

How to open a .VST3 file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .vst3 file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VST3 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 Steinberg Cubase software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .VST3 file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .vst3 file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Steinberg Cubase software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .VST3 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 Steinberg Cubase software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .VST3 file?

If you are still unable to open the .VST3 file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .VST3 file.vstm – Microsoft, .vstpreset – Steinberg Media Technologies, .vstx – Microsoft, .vsu – Microsoft, .vsv – Microsoft. 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 .VST3 file with the Steinberg Cubase program on Windows and Steinberg Cubase program on Mac.