.MDL File Extension

.MDL File Extension

File Type 2

Half-Life Model File

Developer Valve
Popularity
4.0  |  57 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is a three-dimensional model used for characters and creatures in the Half-Life video game. It is created using polygons and texture mapping for detail. MDL models can be seen from different views (wireframe, flatshaded, smoothshaded, and textured) using the Half-Life Model Viewer.

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NOTE: QC files are actually used by Valve's Source game engine, so they are not restricted to Half-Life models.

Programs that open MDL files

Updated January 22, 2015
File Type 3

Warcraft 3 3D Model Text File

Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Popularity
4.2  |  54 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format Text

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is a model file used by Warcraft III, a real-time strategy game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It stores a 3D model, including objects, meshes, and textures for buildings and units. MDL files allow text-based editing of model properties before generating a binary .MDX file used by Warcraft III.

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MDL files use a nested structure to create model properties. For example, a material element may include a layer property which in turn defines a transparent property for the layer.

NOTE: MDL files are the text version of MDX 3D model binary files. They can be converted to the MDX format using the MDLX Converter program. From there, you can use several modeling tools to edit the model.

Programs that open MDL files

Mac
Included with OS
Updated October 27, 2010
File Type 4

Flight Simulator Airplane Model

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.8  |  25 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format N/A

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is a three-dimensional model of an airplane or other aircraft used by Microsoft Flight Simulator. MDL is a standard model format used by multiple versions of the Flight Simulator series.

Programs that open MDL files

Updated October 12, 2016
File Type 5

Rational Rose Model File

Developer IBM
Popularity
3.7  |  24 Votes
Category Data Files
Format N/A

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is a diagram or model created by Rational Rose software. It is used for modeling software architecture and design, and creating business models that improve predictability and productivity.

Programs that open MDL files

Windows
Linux
Updated December 20, 2006
File Type 6

Lectra Modaris Clothing Design File

Developer Lectra
Popularity
2.7  |  18 Votes
Category CAD Files
Format N/A

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is a CAD file created by Lectra Modaris, a clothing design application. It saves the "cutter's must" list (or direction card) as well as the geometry for the pieces of the garment. MDL files are used for saving new fashion design's in men's, women's, and children's clothing.

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When a design is complete, it can be sent to a machine cutter that cuts the designed patterns in a roll of fabric or another material.

Programs that open MDL files

Windows
Updated October 12, 2016
File Type 7

DigiTrakker Module

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.0  |  16 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format N/A

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is an audio tracking module file used by the DigiTrakker music tracking program.

Programs that open MDL files

Windows
Mac
Updated October 12, 2016
File Type 8

Luigi's Mansion 3D Model File

Developer Nintendo
Popularity
2.6  |  18 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is an MDL file?

An MDL file is a model file used by Luigi's Mansion, a Nintendo GameCube game. It stores 3D model data for characters, including Luigi, and objects that appear in the game.

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Luigi's Mansion mainly uses the MDL format for its models but also uses the .BMD model format for some models in the game.

NOTE: The mdl2obj tool can open Luigi's Mansion MDL files and convert them into .OBJ files.

Programs that open MDL files

Windows
Updated October 29, 2014

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