XYZ File - opening and understanding

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

What is an XYZ file?

An .XYZ file is a Surface-water Modeling System XYZ data file. SMS (Surface-water Modeling System) is a software program used for building and simulating surface water models. It is a graphical visualization and analysis tool that allows engineers and scientists to visualize, manipulate, analyze, and understand numerical data and associated measurements to model the behavior of, e.g., rivers, coasts, bays, inlets, and lakes. The supported XYZ files contain geographical data points.

How to open XYZ 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 XYZ for different purposes. We have identified 1 XYZ opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of XYZ file.

Programs that open these files

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Other file formats using extension .XYZ

While Surface-water Modeling System XYZ data is a popular type of XYZ-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .XYZ extension.

The XYZ file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an XYZ opener may not be able to open all kinds of XYZ files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited XYZ viewer.

Chemical data file

The .xyz file extension is used for a data file format created by the Minnesota Supercomputer Center in 1990. The XYZ cartesian chemical modeler input file is also known as XYZ files encoded in plain text and formatted in tabular form. These .xyz files are normally found in computers with software used for chemical modeling, research, and data analysis.

An XYZ file's content includes metadata and atomic coordinates of XMOL molecule models in a single chemical compound. These .xyz files are normally used for 3D chemical modeling applications and for storing and sharing chemical data between academic groups and private scientific facilities.

To open these .xyz files, it's recommended to use the chemical modeling program that created them. Since these XYZ files are encoded in plain text format, standard text editing tools like Notepad and Apple TextEdit can also be used to open and view these XYZ files' content.

XYZ opener for Windows 10

ChemDoodleChemDoodleVerified
ChemAxon Marvin BeansChemAxon Marvin BeansVerified
ArgusLabArgusLabVerified
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XYZ Graphics bitmap

XYZ is a graphics format made for RPG Maker, which is a role-playing game creation software.

These XYZ files use an 8-bit palette and have a maximum size of 65536 x 65536 pixels. RPG Maker can import and export graphics in this format.

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

MercuryMercuryUser submitted
GeoTool ApplicationGeoTool ApplicationUser submitted
TextPadTextPadUser submitted
CrystalMakerCrystalMakerUser submitted
ChemcraftChemcraftUser submitted
Materials StudioMaterials StudioUser submitted
Topcon LinkTopcon LinkUser submitted
WolfPackWolfPackUser submitted
FugroViewerFugroViewerUser submitted
PointEdit3DPointEdit3DUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with XYZ-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 XYZ-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!