.MAT File Extension

.MAT File Extension

File Type 1

MATLAB MAT-File

Developer The MathWorks
Popularity
2.9  |  51 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Binary

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
Mac
Updated February 18, 2010
File Type 2

Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.5  |  11 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format Binary

What is a MAT file?

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
Updated January 31, 2010
File Type 3

3ds Max Materials File

Developer Autodesk
Popularity
2.8  |  12 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format N/A

What is a MAT file?

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
Updated March 10, 2011
File Type 4

Vue Material File

Developer E-on Software
Popularity
2.1  |  7 Votes
Category Raster Image Files
Format Binary

What is a MAT file?

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
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Updated February 19, 2010
File Type 5

V-Ray Materials File

Developer Chaos Group
Popularity
1.5  |  6 Votes
Category Plugin Files
Format N/A

What is a MAT file?

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

Updated April 17, 2008

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