The men's 10 metre platform was one of four diving events included in the Diving at the 1996 Summer Olympics programme.
The competition was split into three phases:Preliminary round
1 August — Each diver performed a set number of dives without any limitation on the difficulty degree. The 18 divers with the highest total score advanced to the semi-final.
1 August — Each diver performed four dives with limitation on the difficulty degree. The 12 divers with the highest combined score from the semi-final and preliminary dives advanced to the final.
2 August — Each diver performed five dives, without limitation on the difficulty degree. The final ranking was determined by the combined score from the final and semifinal dives.