3 steps to open file with CAE extension

Usually solving problems with CAE file is simple – just install proper software and open the file. Read the guide and open CAE file now!

CAE File Extension

  • File type Abaqus CAE Model
  • File developer Dassault Systèmes S.A.
  • File category CAD Files
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How to open CAE file?

There could be multiple reasons for which the system does not support given file. In the case of CAE extension, it is probable that none of the installed programs support given file type. Therefore, user should undertake the following steps

Step 1: Install a program that supports CAE files

If an application that supports CAE files is installed on user’s system, but is not used to open such files by default, right-click on the file icon and choose "Open with" option from the menu. Next, select the proper application and check the "Always use the selected application to open this kind of files" box. The system will store this information in its registry and use the selected program to open files with CAE extension by default.

Hint for Mac OS users


For Mac OS users the procedure is analogous – open the file menu by right-clicking on the CAE file and choose "Information" option and select "Open with program" option. From the submenu select an application and click on "Change all" button.

Step 2: Find and download proper software

Inability to open CAE files may also be related to the lack of any application that supports given file being installed on the system. Should that be the case, user needs to download and install one of the following applications. Once installed, the system will automatically associate newly installed application with CAE files. If this step fails, see step 1.

Programs that support files with CAE extension

Windows programs

Step 3: Check the CAE file for errors

Sometimes, although relatively rarely, steps 1 and 2 might not lead to expected results. There can be several reasons for such situation to occur:

  • CAE file has been downloaded from the internet but for some reason it is incomplete. In such case the file should be re-downloaded and opened again.
  • Structure of given CAE file could be corrupted and as such the program is not able to open the file
  • Storage medium on which the file was stored is damaged
  • It is important to ascertain that the icon representing given file is not a shortcut a related CAE file no longer present in the location to which the shortcut points
  • If the user account has restricted access privileges it is advised to contact the system administrator or an IT expert

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