What are LAS files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a LAS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a LAS file?
LAS files have multiple uses, and ASPRS Lidar Data Exchange Format is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
ASPRS Lidar Data Exchange Format
We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
How to open LAS files
Important: Different programs may use files with the LAS file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your LAS file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different LAS openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: February 24, 2023
All known file formats using extension .LAS
While ASPRS Lidar Data Exchange Format is a popular type of LAS-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .LAS file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
CWLS Log ASCII Standard
We know that one LAS format is CWLS Log ASCII Standard. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
LAS LiDAR Data
We know that one LAS format is LAS LiDAR Data. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of LAS files. Remember, different programs may use LAS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Past-Track Application||User submitted|
|Microsoft Office||User submitted|
|cadwork Start Application||User submitted|
|Direct Show Ogg Vorbis Filter||User submitted|
|Intel Dynamic Power Performance Management||User submitted|
|ERDAS IMAGINE||User submitted|
|Post Acquisition Tool Suite||User submitted|
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