A vpk file extension is related to the Steam NCF Valve Pak archive file format used to distribute customizations for Left 4 Dead, Half-Life and other games.

There are 3 other file types using
the VPK file extension!

vpk file icon.vpk - EverQuest II game archive file

vpk file icon.vpk - Verge pack file

vpk file icon.vpk - Titanfall game archive

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VPK file extension - Steam NCF Valve Pak archive

What is vpk file? How to open vpk files?

File type specification:

Game file type icon Game file type

vpk file icon: vpk filetype icon

The vpk file extension is used for Valve's PAK format. It's a file-format that contain all the information of the maps custom created by the players for Left 4 Dead, Half-Life, DotA and other games used Steam technology...(Map, custom skin, custom models, custom textures, custom sounds, etc...)

VPK ("Valve Pak") files are uncompressed archives used to package content (never code). They are the successors to GCFs, and when passed to the addon installer tool are also used to distribute add-ons like custom campaigns.

The vpk.exe command line tool that allows users to create Valve Paks is distributed with Valve games. It is available in BIN sub-folder, which can be found in Source engine based video games and Source SDK folder.

For example:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Source SDK Base 2013\<Singleplayer or Multiplayer>\bin

In Linux-based operating system the Valve Pak command line tool is called vpk_linux32.

Some Source based games, also use customised Source SDK (known as Authoring Tools) for their modding.

The default software associated to vpk file type:

Source SDK icon

Valve Corporation logo Source SDK  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Valve Corporation

Source SDK is free development environment used to create mods and content for the Source 2006, Source 2007 and Source 2009 engine branches and related video games, like Half-Life 2, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal, etc.

Half-Life 2 icon

Valve Corporation logo Half-Life 2  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Valve Corporation

Half-Life 2 is successor of legendary 3D first person shooter computer game Half-Life. Player takes role of scientist Gordon Freeman that have traveled to City 17 in the Eastern Europe. Freeman is forced to fight against increasingly unfavorable odds in order to survive. In his struggle, he is joined by various allies, including former Black Mesa colleagues, oppressed citizens of City 17, and the Vortigaunts. The game uses the Source game engine, which includes a heavily modified version of the Havok physics engine.

GCFScape picture or screenshot

Valve Corporation logo GCFScape  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Valve Corporation

GCFScape a tool that can open and extract from GCF and VPK files that are utilized by Steam for game content storage.

Help how to open VPK files:

Use GCFScape to open *.vpk files.

How to convert file with extension VPK:

As far as we know, this .vpk file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

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VPK file format

List of software applications associated to the .vpk file extension

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that can be done with the file
: like open vpk file, edit vpk file, convert vpk file, view vpk file, play vpk file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the vpk files.

  • Open vpk file
  • Save vpk file
  • Edit vpk file
  • Create vpk file
  • Extract vpk file
  • Others vpk file

Software that open vpk file - Steam NCF Valve Pak archive

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Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with vpk file by default:
Source SDK small icon Source SDK

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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