# How do I open an obj file?

I tried to open an .obj file using import but all I got was the workstation with the block. Yes, I'm a total beginner.

• If you do your import and then look in the Outliner (topmost item in the rightmost column, by default, IIRC), what items do you see listed? You should probably see a scene, renderlayers, world, camera, cube, and lamp -- if you see another entry then it's possible your OBJ imported correctly but isn't visible (e.g. it's really far away, very tiny, etc)
– A C
Dec 5, 2018 at 2:33
• @AC pretty sure you can post this as an answer as it happens a lot because of the scale difference between the source and blender's workspace Dec 5, 2018 at 6:05

Only .blend files can be opened by Blender. Other file formats can be only imported.