MDL File Type

- The quick facts

What are MDL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a MDL 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 MDL file?

Files that contain the .mdl file extension are used by a variety of computer applications to store 3D model files. These files usually contain information about the 3D model that is stored in the file including the meshes of the model, the objects and the textures.

MDL files are often used to create buildings and objects within gaming applications. Popular applications that use the .mdl file extension include Warcraft III, Half-Life and Quake.

The DigiTrakker software application has also been known for using the .mdl file suffix. These MDL files contain music module files that are referenced by the software.

How to open MDL files

Important: Different programs may use files with the MDL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your MDL 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 MDL openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 5, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension MDL

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of MDL files. Remember, different programs may use MDL 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
Native Instruments Reaktor5Native Instruments Reaktor5User submitted
MATLABMATLABUser submitted
jetAudiojetAudioUser submitted
Altium DesignerAltium DesignerUser submitted
Jed's Half-Life Model ViewerJed's Half-Life Model ViewerUser submitted
Micro-Cap Evaluation dllMicro-Cap Evaluation dllUser submitted
OpenMPT / ModPlug TrackerOpenMPT / ModPlug TrackerUser submitted
Altium Designer SummerAltium Designer SummerUser submitted
PowerPlay TransformerPowerPlay TransformerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MDL-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
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