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Is there a VRML2 (VRML97) viewer that works out of the box for Ubuntu? I've heard about g3dviewer (no support for VRML2), and also about freeWRL, whitedune and VRMLViewer - but I cannot find any .debs of these, and it seems their building from source is rather involved.

blender can import these files - but I'd want a quick viewer here; if I have a directory with 4-5 wrl files, I have to import each in blender, then delete everything from blender so I can load and display the next one.

Any suggestions?

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As of Ubuntu Trusty 14.04, view3dscene is also packaged, as discussed at this (duplicate) question: (VRML) Files, How to Render - Ask Ubuntu. It has a much more intuitive interface than whitedune for simple viewing. – nealmcb Oct 4 '14 at 22:23
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Both 10.04.3 LTS and 11.10 oneiric have whitedune and it seems to work ok. Install it with a package manager or sudo apt-get install whitedune.

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Wow, thanks a lot for that @taneli - I almost thought I'd never get an answer to this :) Cheers! – sdaau Feb 10 '12 at 15:25

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