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?


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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