WRL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WRL file?

A .WRL file is a Virtual Reality Modeling Language 3D model file. Files with the .wrl extension are most commonly associated with the Virtual Reality Modeling Language. These files contain virtual worlds that can be displayed in 3D. The WRL files contain coordinates and colors defining the objects and shapes in the virtual world, viewpoint coordinates, and 3D scene views. These files are saved in the ASCII text format. A variety of modeling applications save files with the .wrl file extension.

How to open WRL 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 WRL for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension WRL

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Artec ViewShapeArtec ViewShapeUser submitted
3D-Tool3D-ToolUser submitted
Right Hemisphere DeepPublish pluginRight Hemisphere DeepPublish pluginUser submitted
Octaga AS, OctagaPlayerOctaga AS, OctagaPlayerUser submitted
3Shape 3D Viewer3Shape 3D ViewerUser submitted
XnViewXnViewUser submitted
OperaOperaUser submitted
FluxPlayer Web3D PlayerFluxPlayer Web3D PlayerUser submitted
SAP VEViewerSAP VEViewerUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WRL-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 WRL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!