3 File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a 3 file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .3 files.

What is a 3 file?

Files that contain the .3 file extension are most commonly associated with the IBM Embedded ViaVoice technology. ViaVoice is a speech recognition software application that was developed by IMB.

The .3 files that are used by the software contain language-specific script data that is used by the software application to recognize different spoken languages.

The Unix Help System also uses the .3 file extension. These files are used for the main page files that are referenced by the system.

The .3 file extension is also used for Salt Lake City game music files. The files hold a track of music that was played at the Olympic games that were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How to open 3 files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension 3 for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different 3 openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension 3

While we know of one file format using the .3 file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .3 file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of 3 files. Remember, different programs may use 3 files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Pro/ENGINEERPro/ENGINEERUser submitted
DxDesignerDxDesignerUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
Creo Elements/ProCreo Elements/ProUser submitted
7-Zip7-ZipUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Pro ENGINEERPro ENGINEERUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
3D-Tool3D-ToolUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with 3-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with 3-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!