.PLY File Extension

Stanford University
File Type:
Polygon Model File

Having trouble opening .ply extension? Don't panic! This page explains what ply files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open ply files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a PLY file?

Ply file extension has Polygon Model file type, developed by Stanford University, which is associated with the "3d image files" category.

These are 3D images in the Polygon File Format. This format allows describing objects as a polygon collection. Each PLY file contains a header along with a list of vertices specifying each used polygon. This format is used by various 3D programs. PLY files are usually saved in a plain text format or binary format. The PLY format was developed by Stanford University specialists and also known as Stanford Triangle Format.  

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

ply file icon
Stanford University
File Type:
Polygon Model File
3D Image Files
Text and Binary

How to open PLY file?

Double click the ply file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .ply extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the ply extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the ply file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open PLY files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the ply file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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