BLEND file format description

Many people share .blend files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .blend file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .blend files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.blend - Blender Data

The BLEND graphic files are related to Blender. The BLEND file is a Blender Data. Blender is a free (GPL lincensed), popular Open Source 3D graphics application. Blender uses the BLEND file format to save nearly everything: Objects, Scenes, Textures, and even all your user interface window settings.

Graphic files
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Blender Data related extensions:
Blender Document Backup
Blender Fluid Simulation Object
Blender Cache
Biovision Motion Data
Blender Fluid Simulation Velocity Data
Biovision Hierarchy Data

Naturally, other applications may also use the .blend file extension. Even harmful programs can create .blend files. Be especially cautious with .blend files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .blend file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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