OBJ File - opening and understanding

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

What is an OBJ file?

Files that contain the .obj file extension hold 3D object files created with computer drawing software. These files can contain texture maps, 3D coordinates and other 3D object data.

The OBJ file format is used by a variety of 3D graphic applications. Some of the popular applications that use the .obj file extension include Microsoft Visual Studio and CADRazor.

The .obj file suffix is also used for computer science object files. These files contain a collection of sequences that hold instructions that tell a host machine how to accomplish a certain task. These OBJ files may be accompanied by related metadata files.

.obj files are also generated by several compilers on the Windows platform, e.g. C and C++ compilers. When a source code file is processed by the compiler, an .obj file is generated. When all source code files have been compiled to .obj files, the .obj files are linked together to the resulting .exe or .dll file.

How to open OBJ 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 OBJ for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension OBJ

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Flash Movie PlayerFlash Movie PlayerUser submitted
progeCAD Professional EnglishprogeCAD Professional EnglishUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
123D 3D Print123D 3D PrintUser submitted
Artec ViewShapeArtec ViewShapeUser submitted
TimetableTimetableUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with OBJ-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 OBJ-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!