.MAT File Extension

There are 5 file types use the .MAT file extension:

  1. MATLAB MAT-File
  2. Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File
  3. 3ds Max Materials File
  4. Vue Material File
  5. V-Ray Materials File

1. MATLAB MAT-File

MATLAB MAT-File
  • Developer The MathWorks
  • Popularity
    4.0 (24 votes)
  • Category Data Files
  • Format Binary

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).

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.

Software's name License Platforms
The MathWorks MATLAB The MathWorks MATLAB Commercial LinuxMacWindows

Updated: March 7, 2010

2. Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File

Microsoft Access Table Shortcut File
  • Developer Microsoft
  • Popularity
    3.4 (13 votes)
  • Category Misc Files
  • Format Binary

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.

MAT files can be created in Access by clicking and dragging a table to the desktop.

Software's name License Platforms
Microsoft Access Microsoft Access Commercial Windows

Updated: March 3, 2010

3. 3ds Max Materials File

3ds Max Materials 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.

Software's name License Platforms
Autodesk 3ds Max Autodesk 3ds Max Commercial MacWindows

Updated: August 2, 2011

4. Vue Material File

Vue Material 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.

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.

Software's name License Platforms
E-on Vue E-on Vue Commercial MacWindows

Updated: February 14, 2010

5. V-Ray Materials File

V-Ray Materials File
  • Developer Chaos Group
  • Popularity
    1.6 (7 votes)
  • Category Plugin Files
  • Format N/A

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.

Software's name License Platforms
Autodesk 3ds Max Autodesk 3ds Max Commercial MacWindows
Autodesk Maya Autodesk Maya Commercial LinuxMacWindows
Caligari trueSpace7 with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin Caligari trueSpace7 with Chaos Group V-Ray plugin Windows
MAXON Cinema 4D MAXON Cinema 4D Commercial MacWindows

Updated: March 3, 2008

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