POV file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.pov - POV-Ray Raytracing Format

The POV document files are related to POV-Ray. The POV file is a POV-Ray Raytracing Format. The Persistence of Vision Raytracer (POV-Ray) is a high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports.

Document files
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POV-Ray Raytracing Format related extensions:
POV-Ray Density File
POV-Ray Include File
POV-Ray State File
POV-Ray DF3 Proximity Pattern Parameters

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

Can't open a .pov 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.

The .pov file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

lov, opv, ov, piv, pkv, plv, po, pob, poc, pod, pof, pog, ppv, pv, pvo

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

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Operating systems

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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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