A dae file extension is used for COLLADA 3D graphic interchange format. Used in several games and programs  and supported by graphic editors such as Adobe Photoshop or Blender.

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DAE file extension - Collada 3D digital asset exchange data

What is dae file? How to open dae files?

File type specification:

3d graphics, CAD-CAM-CAE file type icon 3d graphics, CAD-CAM-CAE file type

File extension dae is associated with COLLADA, a COLLAborative Design Activity XML schema for establishing an interchange file format for interactive 3D applications.

The intermediate language from COLLADA provides comprehensive encoding of visual scenes including: geometry, shaders and effects, physics, animation, kinematics, and even multiple version representations of the same asset.

The .dae files can contain information about the model's geometry, textures, lighting, shading, animation, and visual scenes. This format supports interactive 3D applications and it's often used in the development of video games and similar products.

The format is used as default in several software packages, for example the Khronos applications.

Updated: April 14, 2024

The default software associated to open dae file:

COLLADA picture or screenshot

Khronos Group logoCOLLADA  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Khronos Group

A 3D Asset Exchange Schema used to define an XML-based schema to make it easy to transport 3D assets between applications.

The interchange format provides comprehensive encoding of visual scenes Including shaders and physics, and even multiple versions of the same asset. COLLADA FX enables shaders to be authored and packaged using OpenGL Shading Language so that leading 3D authoring tools can work effectively together to create OpenGL / OpenGL ES applications and assets.

Help how to open:

You can open the .dea files with Collada or any other suitable third party applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Blender.

How to convert:

You can use Collada or any other suitable third party application, such as Adobe PhotoShop or Blender, to save the *.dae files in to other graphic formats.

Find conversions from dae file:

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dae to fbx

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dae to step

dae to stp

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 3C 3F 78 6D 6C 20 76 65 72 73 69 6F 6E 3D 22 31 2E
ASCII code: .?xml.version=

List of software applications associated to the .dae file extension

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and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open dae file, edit dae file, convert dae file, view dae file, play dae file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting dae files.

Software that open dae file - Collada 3D digital asset exchange data

Programs supporting the exension dae on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open dae file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with dae file by default:
Other suggested software:
Blender small icon Blender
AutoCAD small icon AutoCAD
SketchUp small icon SketchUp


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