MAT File Type

- The quick facts

What are MAT files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a MAT 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 MAT file?

MAT files have multiple uses, and 3D Studio Max Material Library is one of them.

3D Studio Max Material Library

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 MAT files

Important: Different programs may use files with the MAT file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your MAT file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: December 15, 2021

More file formats using the MAT extension

Through our research of MAT files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail, and we would love to hear from you if you have information about either of them.

Chasys Draw IES convolution Matrix

GNU Octave Matrix data

MATLAB formatted data

PlayStation RSD Material

Reflections Material

SEAM 3D Materials

SMS Material

V-Ray Material

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
Microsoft AccessMicrosoft AccessUser submitted
MATLABMATLABUser submitted
jetAudiojetAudioUser submitted
SqrSoft Advanced CrossfadingSqrSoft Advanced CrossfadingUser submitted
ImageMagickImageMagickUser submitted
BryceBryceUser submitted
ITC Ilwis30ITC Ilwis30User submitted
GNU BackgammonGNU BackgammonUser submitted