How to export PIX4Dcatch projects (iOS/Android)


The images captured and logs generated for any PIX4Dcatch project can be exported from the mobile device for further usage. The exported images can be imported into PIX4Dmatic or PIX4Dmapper for further processing, while the project logs can be shared to improve the troubleshooting process. This article provides the different options available to users for exporting the PIX4Dcatch files created on the mobile devices.

Note: Exporting a project requires a valid license for desktop or cloud products with S&U (Support and Upgrade).
Warning: For Windows users, WinZip will occasionally fail to unzip the exported Pix4Dcatch files, which is an internal problem related to the third-party tool. We recommend using other archive extractor tools such as 7-Zip.

Export using an external drive

  1. Connect the device to the external Flash drive.
    Tip: PIX4D recommends using the iXpand flash drive/Type-C , which can be directly connected to your device and have been tested for compatibility.
    When using a different USB flash drive, use the Lightning to USB Adapter or USB-C to USB Adapter according to your device input port to connect them.
    Important: Only supported iPhone/iPad compatible accessories will work using this method on iOS devices.
  2. Launch the PIX4Dcatch app unnamed (5).png.
  3. On the Home screen, tap PIX4Dcatch project folder icon and select the project.(You can hold the Project to select it  and export it from the project view)
  4. Tap the dropdown menu  located at the top right corner of the screen to view different options.
  5. Then, click on Export all data to export all the raw images.


  6. The new window with sharing options will appear. Tap Save to Files.

  7. The list of the hardware to export will appear. Select the external flash drive and tap Save.
  8. Use the external flash drive to copy the project to the computer.

Export using Google Drive or other file sharing options

Note: The below steps can also be used to share the images by using file-sharing options such as Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive, and so on.

Apple's AirDrop can be used to directly transfer the images from iPhone/iPad to a Mac computer.

  1. Launch the PIX4Dcatch app unnamed (5).png.
  2. On the Home screen, tap PIX4Dcatch project folder icon and select the project.
  3. Tap the dropdown menu located at the top right corner of the screen to view different options.
  4. Then, tap on Export all data to export all the raw images.
  5. The new window with sharing options such as AirDrop, Email, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.. will appear. Tap on Google Drive.

    Pix4Dcatch save file method

  6. Tap on Select Folder to select the destination folder. After selecting the destination folder, tap Upload.


  7. The project is saved as a compressed file. Download the file and use the file extractor such as 7-Zip to extract it. You can also use the online Zip Extractor to extract the files in Google drive.
    • Right Click on the Project > Open with > ZIP Extractor > Extract button.

      PIX4Dcatch using zip extractor

    • After the extraction is completed, click view files button to access the extracted files.

Export using an SMB share

For iPhone/iPad users running iOS 13 and higher, it is possible to connect to an existing personal or workplace SMB share directly from the Files app.

How to connect to an SMB share on your device.

If not already done so, it is necessary to connect the SMB share to the device before the option becomes available for export. The following steps can help illustrate setting up the SMB share for the first time.

  1. Open the Files app. apple files app icon
  2. Select the Browse tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the apple 3 dot more icon More icon.
  4. Select Connect to Server connect to server icon.
  5. Enter the network IP address of the SMB share that you want to connect to. Tap Connect when complete.
  6. The new share will appear under the Shared area in the Browse menu. Tap it to access the files located in the share.
Note: Once you’ve set up the SMB share, it will be available whenever you need it. Even when you’re opening and saving files and data via other apps, they too will have access through the Files app.

Export to an SMB share

With an SMB share linked to the device, it is possible to export files to any folder within the SMB share, as well as create new folders as needed.

  1. Launch the PIX4Dcatch app unnamed (5).png.
  2. Tap the projects folder projects folder icon , and select the project to export.

    PIX4Dcatch trench captured project

  3. Tap the dropdown menu Pix4D vertical 3 dot more dropdown menu icon, and select the file to export.
  4. Select Save to Files apple folder icon, and select the linked SMB share.
  5. Select or create the destination folder, and tap Save.