There are 8 other file types using
the MAX file extension!

empty icon.max - PaperPort scanned document

empty icon.max - Microsoft Creative Writer document

empty icon.max - Maximizer file

empty icon.max - OrCAD layout

empty icon.max - Action Replay Max saved data

empty icon.max - Pfaff embroidery format

empty icon.max - XL-Paint MAX picture image

empty icon.max - TRS-80 picture image

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MAX file extension - 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) scene

What is max file? How to open max files?

File type specification:

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

max file icon: max filetype icon

File extension max is associated with 3D Studio Max, a modeling, animation and rendering package developed by Autodesk, Inc. 3D Studio Max is also known as 3ds Max.

The MAX file format is default format of 3D Studio Max that contains complete 3D data for rendering scene, such as models, wireframe, lightning settings etc.

No program can convert .max files without having a local copy of 3ds Max available.

The max file format is not a generic "3D file format" like FBX, COLLADA, 3ds, OBJ, LightWave, etc.

Rather it is a "state snapshot" of how all the various plug-ins of 3ds Max work together to create the final 3D scene. This applies to Maya and its .ma and .mb files as well.

Updated: November 8, 2023

The default software associated to open max file:

3ds Max (3D Studio Max) icon

Autodesk, Inc. logo3ds Max (3D Studio Max)  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Autodesk, Inc.

A popular 3D animation software, 3ds Max (previously known as 3D Studio Max) is used by professional to create stunning 3D content. It contains modeling capabilities, flexible plug-in architecture, scripting language, etc. It is mostly used by computer game developers. It is also used to create movie visual effects. 3ds Max is only for Microsoft Windows.

Help how to open:

Use 3ds Max to open and edit *.max files (MAX 3D Studio MAX scene).

How to convert:

Scene files can be typically exported to several other formats.

Find conversions from max file:

max to 3ds

max to dwg

max to fbx

max to obj

max to pdf

max to skp

max to stl

Find converter to max file type:

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List of software applications associated to the .max file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open max file, edit max file, convert max file, view max file, play max file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in'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 max files.

Software that open max file - 3ds Max (3D Studio MAX) scene

Programs supporting the exension max on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) for open max file action.

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