CloudCompare is an easy to use 3D point cloud (and triangular mesh) processing software, available under Windows, MacOS and Linux.
It allows to quickly visualize and compare point clouds and meshes. It also includes algorithms to resample, register, compute normals …
The GUI can be used to manually visualize and process data. It also offers a command line mode that can be simply called through a terminal.
Its implementation is open source and can be downloaded through their website.


CloudCompare source code is not meant to be reused in another project. Instead, it includes the possibility to develop specific add-ons that use CC as base code.

Documentation and tutorials#

Tutorials can be accessed under CC - Tutorials.
Documentation can be found under CC - Documentation.

Algorithm CloudCompare 3D Algorithm