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.MAT File Extension

File Type 1MATLAB MAT-File

DeveloperThe MathWorks
Popularity
3.5 (17 Votes)
CategoryData Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a MAT file?

Binary data container format used by MATLAB; may include arrays, variables, functions, and other types of data; can be saved in different formats by choosing a version within the MATLAB Preferences (select General → MAT-Files).

More Information

Level 4 MAT-Files support two-dimensional matrices and character strings, while Level 5 MAT-Files include additional support for multidimensional numeric arrays, character arrays, cell arrays, sparse arrays, objects, and structures.

MAT-files may also be used to represent audio in 64-bit floating point, 16-bit signed integer, and 8-bit unsigned integer formats.

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Programs that open MAT files
Windows
The MathWorks MATLAB
Mac
The MathWorks MATLAB
Updated 2/18/2010

File Type 2Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File

DeveloperMicrosoft
Popularity
3.3 (4 Votes)
CategoryMisc Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

.MAT File Association 2

Microsoft Access Table (MAT) shortcut file created by Microsoft Access, a relational database program for desktop computers; contains a shortcut to a table within an Access database; opens a relational database table without first having to open Microsoft Access.

More Information

MAT files can be created in Access by clicking and dragging a table to the desktop.

Programs that open MAT files
Windows
Microsoft Access 2016
Updated 1/31/2010

File Type 33ds Max Materials File

DeveloperAutodesk
Popularity
3.0 (7 Votes)
Category3D Image Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

.MAT File Association 3

File used by 3ds Max, a 3D modeling and animation software package; stores a material, which defines the way textures and lighting are applied to a surface; can be accessed from the Material Editor component in 3ds Max.

Programs that open MAT files
Windows
Autodesk 3ds Max 2017
Updated 3/10/2011

File Type 4Vue Material File

DeveloperE-on Software
Popularity
2.3 (3 Votes)
CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

.MAT File Association 4

File created by E-on Vue software programs, which are used to create 2D and 3D visualizations as well as computer graphics materials; contains images and textures that can be applied to 3D objects; used as components, or building blocks, to create an overall Vue scene.

More Information

E-on Vue is available in the following versions:

  • Infinite
  • xStream
  • Ozone
  • Esprit
  • Studio
  • Complete
  • Pioneer
  • Theme Packs
The Vue MetaView plug-in is also available for Mac OS X.

Programs that open MAT files
Windows
E-on Vue
Mac
E-on Vue
Updated 2/19/2010

File Type 5V-Ray Materials File

DeveloperChaos Group
Popularity
1.8 (4 Votes)
CategoryPlugin Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

.MAT File Association 5

Contains materials, or texture styles, that can be loaded into 3D design programs using the V-Ray plugin; V-Ray is a surface material generation and editing plugin developed by Chaos Group.

Programs that open MAT files
Windows
Autodesk 3ds Max with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin
Autodesk Maya with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin
Caligari trueSpace7 with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin
MAXON CINEMA 4D with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin
Mac
MAXON CINEMA 4D with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin
Autodesk Maya with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin
Updated 4/17/2008

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