XYZ File

What are XYZ files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XYZ 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 an XYZ file?

XYZ files have multiple uses, and Surface-water Modeling System XYZ data is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

Surface-water Modeling System XYZ data

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

We have identified one XYZ opener that is compatible with this specific type of XYZ file.

Programs that open Surface-water Modeling System XYZ data files

Last updated: November 30, 2022

All known 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 file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

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

We have identified 4 XYZ openers that are compatible with this specific type of XYZ file.

ChemDoodleChemDoodleVerified
ChemAxon MarvinChemAxon MarvinVerified
ArgusLabArgusLabVerified
MercuryMercuryVerified

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 apps that use files with this extension

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.

GeoTool ApplicationGeoTool ApplicationUser submitted
TextPadTextPadUser submitted
CrystalMakerCrystalMakerUser submitted
ChemcraftChemcraftUser submitted
Materials StudioMaterials StudioUser submitted
Topcon LinkTopcon LinkUser submitted
FugroViewerFugroViewerUser submitted
PointEdit3DPointEdit3DUser submitted
3DReshaper Application3DReshaper ApplicationUser submitted
ChemAxon Marvin SuiteChemAxon Marvin SuiteUser submitted

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