.XYZ File Extension

.XYZ File Extension

File Type 1

Molecule Specification File

Developer N/A
Popularity
2.6  |  16 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is an XYZ file?

File used by various chemistry programs, such as TINKER and UniChem; contains a description of a molecule, including the number of atoms, element symbol, and X, Y, and Z coordinates; stored in a plain text format.

More Information

While there is no official standard for XYZ files, they still generally contain the same types of data.

NOTE: The ".xyz" extension may also be used as a generic file extension when providing examples, or when the file extension is unknown.

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Programs that open XYZ files

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Updated November 4, 2016
File Type 2

Celestia Sampled Trajectory Data File

Developer Celestia Development Team
Popularity
1.7  |  7 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is an XYZ file?

Data file used by Celestia, a free universe visualization and simulation program; stores an ordered list of positions in space and timestamps; specifies the trajectory of a planet, moon, star, or other space entity.

More Information

XYZ files are referenced by .SSC catalog files, which store information about universe entities. XYZ files must be saved to a \data\ directory within the directory that the SSC file resides. For example, if galileo.ssc is saved to the \extras-standard\galileo\ directory, then any galileo XYZ files should be stored in the \extras-standard\galileo\data\ directory.

Programs that open XYZ files

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Updated June 30, 2011

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