What is a .XYZ File And How To Open It (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .xyz extension and you don’t know what it is? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .xyz file extension and how to open it.

What is a .XYZ file?

The .XYZ file extension is Molecule Specification File. This file belongs to the text format and it is a data related file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .xyz file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .XYZ file?

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

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

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Avogadro and Jmol software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XYZ 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 Avogadro software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .XYZ file on Mac

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

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

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XYZ 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. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Jmol software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .XYZ file on Linux

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Jmol software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Avogadro and Jmol.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .XYZ 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 Jmol software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .XYZ file?

If you are still unable to open the .XYZ file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .XYZ file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xyz – Celestia Development Team. 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 .XYZ file with the Avogadro, Jmol programs on Windows, Jmol, Avogadro programs on Mac and Jmol, Avogadro software on Linux.