F3D v1.0.0, a fast and minimalist 3D viewer, has been released !

F3D v1.0, a fast and minimalist 3D viewer has been released !

F3D is a VTK-based 3D viewer following the KISS principle, so it is minimalist, efficient, has no GUI, has simple interaction mechanisms and is fully controllable using arguments in the command line.

It is BSD licensed, open-source and cross-platform (tested on Windows, Linux, and macOS). It supports several file formats, rendering and texturing options. The VTK rendering engine supports both OpenGL and ray tracing technologies.

It is very practical to quickly visualize and navigate through datasets stored on the disk. It is perfect when you just need to take a quick look at a dataset and don’t need ParaView’s full capabilities.

It supports a large range of different options, volume rendering, sprites, camera positioning, color map, HDR textures, post fx options, coloring, …
Supported file formats: VTK (legacy and XML), STL, GLTF, PLY, OBJ, 3DS, …
It can either be used from the command line, as an “Open With” software or by dropping files and folders into it.

F3D is compatible with the recently released VTK 9.0.0 and can be compiled against it or againt VTK master. Instead, you can download our binary release (no ray tracing support) to install it. It can also be installed on Arch-based distributions with the package f3d, available on the AUR.

Please, have a look at the documentation and the gallery. Feedbacks and contributions are very welcomed and issues can be freely opened on the GitLab repository.


This looks pretty cool! Hope to have time for a play with it next month.
Safe guess that generating animations might be high on the priority list?


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Thanks, let us know !

It is literally our highest priority item for 1.1.0.

This is cool, reminds me of blot! On that note, do you anticipate supporting more file formats, such as Exodus, or is that one of the tradeoffs with KISS?

Exodus could definitely be added, however the support for multi-block datasets is limited only to surface rendering, that’s why we did not focus on these type of formats.

Virtually any format supported by VTK could be added, so we had to choose which format would make sense. If you think another format would, please open an issue on the project !

F3D v1.0.1 has been released ! It contains a few bugfixes but especially a STL reader performances improvements !