[Chimera-users] Can't open a VTK file in chimera

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Mar 24 15:54:11 PDT 2021

Hello Diego,
Chimera input formats are listed here:

I see VTK is included in that list, with description "lines and polygons," so as far as I know if you saved VTK with menu: File... Export Scene (or Chimera "export" command) it should be readable by that same version of Chimera.  I am not very familiar with VTK, however, so it's possible that the file that is written contains more things than just the lines and polygons, and maybe that part causes problems.

If you (1) have a recent version of Chimera, and (2) used Chimera export to save the file and you can't open it with the same Chimera, then you could use menu: Help... Report a Bug and attach the file.  Include your e-mail address in the bug report if you would like a response about what we find.
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Mar 24, 2021, at 3:22 PM, Diego Amaya <diaamayaram at unal.edu.co> wrote:
> Hello,
> I exported a surface in VTK format with the chimera extension but I can't open this vtk file back with chimera. This behavior is expected ?
> Best regards
> -- 
> Diego A. Amaya Ramírez

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