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What are RVIZ files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a RVIZ file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your RVIZ files.

What is a RVIZ file?

A .RVIZ file is a RViz Workspace file.

.RVIZ files contain saved workspaces for RViz, the 3D visualization tool for the Robot Operating System (ROS). The RViz tool is a popular choice among roboticists and researchers for visualizing sensor data and testing and debugging robot behavior.

RVIZ allows users to create custom visualizations by adding and configuring various display types, such as point clouds, laser scans, and robot models. Users can also customize the appearance and layout of the visualizations and save their workspaces to be reused later. Saving a RViz workspace saves the camera position, added objects, and parameter settings which can be easily loaded.

The .rviz file format is a YAML file, and other ROS tools can easily parse it. This allows for the integration of visualization into automated pipelines or scripts.

It is worth mentioning that RViz is an open-source project and is widely used in the robotics community. The tool is supported by an active development community.

How to open RVIZ files

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

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: January 11, 2023

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