FBX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a FBX file?

The .fbx file extension is a proprietary file format originally developed by Kaydara. Autodesk bought the license for the file format last 2006 and the owner of it since then. The .fbx format originated as a replacement file format for Canadian company Kaydara's Filmbox- a software for recording data from motion capture devices. Filmbox is shortened to FBX, hence, it became a file extension for 3Ds and video- related contents.

The FBX main purpose is to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications. The .fbx files allow computer- based creations to be opened, edited, and modified across many applications and systems. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.

FBX files can be converted from .obj, .dxf, .3ds, and .dae formats using the free FBX conversion utility.The FBX can be represented on-disk as either binary or ASCII data. The ASCII format is a tree structured document with clearly named identifiers. FBX files can work with many 3D authoring tools and software.

How to open FBX 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 FBX for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension FBX

While we know of one file format using the .FBX 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 .FBX file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

Autodesk MotionBuilderAutodesk MotionBuilderUser submitted
MudboxMudboxUser submitted
SAP VEViewerSAP VEViewerUser submitted
TouchDesignerTouchDesignerUser submitted
TRMTRMUser submitted
ClockStone FBX ViewerClockStone FBX ViewerUser submitted
TouchPlayerTouchPlayerUser submitted
Right Hemisphere Deep ViewRight Hemisphere Deep ViewUser submitted
SAP SAP 3D Visual Enterprise ViewerSAP SAP 3D Visual Enterprise ViewerUser submitted
Autodesk FBX ReviewAutodesk FBX ReviewUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with FBX-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 FBX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!