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I'm trying to open a .ply file (point cloud in ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro), but I can't.

How can I convert the .ply file to .las, or open .ply in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro?

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You can convert the .ply files (aka Polygon File Format) to .las with other software, and then, import it in ArcGIS.

For example:

  • PDAL: supports reading and writing .ply files (ASCII and binary). You can convert them with the translate tool.

  • LAStools: supports conversion of ASCII .ply files (treats it as text file) with las2las tool (see here).

  • CloudCompare: supports conversion of ASCII .ply files (see supported file formats). Conversion can be accomplished directly from the GUI (reference).

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