[Blender] How to import and export 3ds


Own troubles

Unable to import 3ds in Blender.
I don’t know how to import it.

This solves the problem

Import 3DS with Blender 2.79 → Migrate to Blender 2.8

This time, I will introduce how to import/export 3DS using Blender.
By reading this article, importing 3DS into Blender will become easier.

Blender 2.79 can import 3DS, Blender 2.8x and later cannot

Blender 2.8x~2.91a does not support 3ds files.
Blender 2.79 is compatible.

Blender 2.79 can import and export 3ds files.

Blender 2.79 can import 3ds files.Blender 2.79 can export 3ds files.
Blender 2.79 3ds import compatibleBlender 2.79 3ds export supported

Blender 2.8x cannot import/export 3ds files.

  • Blender 2.80, 2.81, 2.82, 2.83, 2.91a confirmed
Blender 2.8x cannot import 3ds files.Blender 2.8x cannot export 3ds files.
Blender 2.8x~2.91a 3ds import not supportedBlender 2.8x~2.91a 3ds export not supported

How to import 3ds Blender 2.79→2.8x

  1. Download & install Blender 2.79.


blender-2.79-windows64.msi is the installer version and blender-2.79-windows64.zip is the main body.

blender-2.79-windows64.msi is the installer version, blender-2.79-windows64.zip is the main version.
This time, we will download the main file, .zip.
If you have Blender 2.80 installed, you may receive a warning that the latest version is installed.

Just unzip blender-2.79-windows64.zip and move to the following directory.

C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation
Extract the blender-2.79-windows64.zip and move it to the following directory C: ProProgram Files\Blender Foundation
  1. Blender 2.79 [File] → [Import]
 Blender 2.79 file → Import → 3D Studio(.3ds)
  1. After selecting 3ds, [3DSをインポート]
Select File 3ds, then Import 3DS
  1. Now you can import 3ds with Blender 2.79.
Blender 2.79 allows you to import 3ds.
  1. Select the object and copy (Ctrl(Cmd)+C).

It is OK if the message “Selected object was copied to buffer.” is displayed.

Select and copy the object. The selected object has been copied to the buffer. and you're good to go.
  1. Start Blender 2.8x and paste the object (Ctrl(Cmd)+V).
Launch Blender 2.8x and paste the object.

If you can paste the object, the import was successful.

How to export 3ds

  1. Blender 2.79 Select the object.
  2. Blender 2.79 [File] → [Export] → [3D Studio(.3ds)]
Blender 2.79 File → Export → 3D Studio .3ds
  1. Choose a location, give it a name, and select [3dsをエクスポート].
Choose a destination to export 3ds.

If .3ds is in the save destination, the export was successful.

Other things I tried

  • 3ds Add-ons to import Find add-ons to import. → But I couldn’t find it.

A final wish

I hope that someday someone will be able to create an add-on that will allow you to import 3DS.

Operating Environment

  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Blender 2.79, 2.80, 2.81, 2.82, 2.83, 2.91a

koshishirai / 3D Modeler

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