What is a .WRL File And How To Open It (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .wrl extension, but you have never seen this extension before? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .wrl file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .WRL file?

The .WRL file extension comes from VRML World. The format of this file is text, and it is a 3D images related file.

What to know

There are currently 5 software that can open the .wrl file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .WRL file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Print 3D software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Parallel Graphics Cortona3D Viewer, FreeWRL, Microsoft 3D Builder and Microsoft Print 3D.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .WRL 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 Microsoft Print 3D software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .WRL file on Mac

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

1. The first step is to download the FreeWRL software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: FreeWRL.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .WRL 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 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 FreeWRL 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 .WRL file on Linux

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .WRL 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 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 FreeWRL 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 .WRL file on iOS

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .wrl file on iOS in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all 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 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Parallel Graphics Cortona3D Viewer in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the Parallel Graphics Cortona3D Viewer software. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .WRL file?

If you cannot open the .WRL file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .WRL file.wrp – Geomagic, .wrpl – The Widelands Development Team, .wrpl.wgf – The Widelands Development Team, .wrts – Wrts, .wrypt – Entropic. 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 .WRL file with the Microsoft Print 3D, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Parallel Graphics Cortona3D Viewer, FreeWRL, Microsoft 3D Builder programs on Windows, FreeWRL program on Mac, FreeWRL software on Linux and Parallel Graphics Cortona3D Viewer software on iOS.