.BLEND File Extension

.BLEND File Extension

File Type

Blender 3D Data File

Developer The Blender Foundation
Popularity
4.3  |  152 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format Binary

What is a BLEND file?

A BLEND file is a 3D image or animation project created with Blender, an open-source 3D modeling program. It contains 3D mesh data, lighting information, vertex painting, animation keyframes, NURBS objects, procedural textures, uvmapping layout, and realtime interactivity data. BLEND files may store multiple scenes in a single file.

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Screenshot of a .blend file in Blender 2.9
BLEND file open in Blender 2.9

Unlike many other types of project files, BLEND files actually contain all the objects, sounds, images, effects, scenes, and other assets included in a Blender project. As such, if you want to share a Blender project with another user, you need only provide them with that project's BLEND file, and not any of the assets you imported into the project.

To keep BLEND files a manageable size, they are saved in a proprietary binary format. BLEND files can be opened only in Blender, and not in other 3D modeling or animation programs.

How do I convert a BLEND file to other formats?

While you cannot convert BLEND files to other formats, you can export the 3D models a BLEND file contains in a variety of different 3D model formats, including .DAE, .FBX, .OBJ, and more. To do so, select File → Export from Blender's menu bar.

How do I open a BLEND file?

You can open a BLEND file in Blender (cross-platform). To do so, select File → Open... from the program's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your BLEND file. The 3D image or animation your BLEND file contains will appear in Blender.

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Programs that open BLEND files

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Updated May 5, 2021

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