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I downloaded a material from http://matrep.parastudios.de/index.php. By my understandings you just need to download the .blend file, open your project, go to append and find in the .blend file the material. But when I open the file, it's empty.

Maybe anyone had this problem and can help me out? Maybe I'm missing something.

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    $\begingroup$ Try opening the .blend file itself, selecting an object, and going as if to apply a material to it—that should show you what materials there are. If there aren't any, then that's why they're not showing up in Append. $\endgroup$ – SilverWolf - Reinstate Monica Aug 29 '17 at 21:13
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    $\begingroup$ Did you open the .blend file before and then save it? If the materials weren't used by anything, they could have gotten deleted. (You can tell if something is going to be deleted because it will have a '0' next to its name. To tell Blender you actually want to keep it, hit the 'F' button.) $\endgroup$ – SilverWolf - Reinstate Monica Aug 29 '17 at 21:15
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I tested downloading a material there myself, and had similiar problems like you. Neither appending nor linking were possible. On opening the file itself, blender complains about File format is not supported. So I guess you just have to look for another material. Maybe this site is outdated.

Try this link: Resources for blender.

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    $\begingroup$ I opened one (cooled lava) file and I received a cube with a difuse color and nothing else. I think it is not a good site to downloading materials. $\endgroup$ – LeoNas Aug 30 '17 at 0:04

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