What are PLY files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a PLY 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 PLY file?
PLY files have multiple uses, and Polygon File Format is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Polygon File Format
The Standford Graphics Laboratory created the Polygon File Format as an easy way to store 3D polygon data. It is a versatile format applicable to point clouds, polygon meshes, and CAD designs among other things.
PLY supports both ASCII and binary formats and supports multiple element types, properties, and comments, making it possible to store a wide range of data in a single file.
PLY is widely used in the fields of Computer Graphics and Computer Vision, such as 3D scanning, virtual reality, modeling, and digital fabrication. It is also supported by multiple software tools including 3D scanners, 3D modeling programs, and programming libraries.
How to open PLY files
Important: Different programs may use files with the PLY file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PLY 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 PLY openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: March 10, 2023
All known file formats using extension .PLY
While Polygon File Format is a popular type of PLY-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .PLY file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Harvard Spotlight Presentation
We know that one PLY format is Harvard Spotlight Presentation. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
MSX SME 3 Music
We know that one PLY format is MSX SME 3 Music. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
PlayStation RSD Polygons
We know that one PLY format is PlayStation RSD Polygons. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
The Print Shop Deluxe Layout
We know that one PLY format is The Print Shop Deluxe Layout. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
PLY opener for Windows
We have identified one PLY opener that is compatible with this specific type of PLY file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of PLY files. Remember, different programs may use PLY files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Blaze Media Pro||User submitted|
|Client Bookkeeping Solution||User submitted|
|Artec ViewShape||User submitted|
|Virtual Jukebox||User submitted|
|CS Mesh Viewer||User submitted|
|Image Analyzer||User submitted|
|Media Wizard||User submitted|
|Hollywood Screenwriter||User submitted|
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