# writers.ply¶

The ply writer writes the polygon file format, a common file format for storing three dimensional models. The rply library is included with the PDAL source, so there are no external dependencies.

Use the storage_mode option to choose the type of ply file to write. You can choose from:

• default: write a binary ply file using your host’s byte ordering. If you do not specify a storage_mode, this is the default.
• ascii: write an ascii file (warning: these can be HUGE).
• little endian: write a binary ply file with little endian byte ordering.
• big endian: write a binary ply file with big endian byte ordering.

## Example¶

{
"pipeline":[
{
"type":"readers.pcd",
"filename":"inputfile.pcd"
},
{
"type":"writers.ply",
"storage_mode":"little endian",
"filename":"outputfile.ply"
}
]
}


## Options¶

filename
ply file to write [Required]
storage_mode
Type of ply file to write [default: host-ordered binary]