Opening OBJ files

Did your computer fail to open an OBJ file? We explain what OBJ files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your OBJ files.

What is an OBJ file?

Files that contain the .obj file extension hold 3D object files created with computer drawing software. These files can contain texture maps, 3D coordinates and other 3D object data.

The OBJ file format is used by a variety of 3D graphic applications. Some of the popular applications that use the .obj file extension include Microsoft Visual Studio and CADRazor.

The .obj file suffix is also used for computer science object files. These files contain a collection of sequences that hold instructions that tell a host machine how to accomplish a certain task. These OBJ files may be accompanied by related metadata files.

.obj files are also generated by several compilers on the Windows platform, e.g. C and C++ compilers. When a source code file is processed by the compiler, an .obj file is generated. When all source code files have been compiled to .obj files, the .obj files are linked together to the resulting .exe or .dll file.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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