Files with pak extension are traditionally used for package files. These files are used in many programs and especially in computer games. A typical .pak file can contain various resources used in the game, such as graphics or sounds. Can be extracted with specialized tools and sometimes with common archivers.

There are 4 other file types using
the PAK file extension!

empty icon.pak - CrazyTalk SFX data

pak icon.pak - Orgadata LogiKal data

empty icon.pak - ZLIB PAK archive

empty icon.pak - Simutrans object

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PAK file extension - Game resource package

What is pak file? How to open pak files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

Game file type icon Game file type

pak file icon: pak filetype icon

File extension pak is used by computer games for their resource archives.

The .pak files are archives or compressed files, which contains various game files such as graphic files, sprites, game sounds, music, objects and another data, that are required in order to play the game.

Some utilities, often developed by fans, are able to extract the contents of such files. Probably the most used tool is Dragon UnPACker that is able to access the contents of game files from plethora of games.

Some pak files can also be simply be in common archive formats, such as rar, or zip, with their extension renamed to PAK.

Games reported to be using PAK format for some of their resource files:

  • Blitzkrieg
  • Blitzkrieg Rolling Thunder
  • Quake 2
  • Heretic 2
  • Daikatana
  • Half-Life
  • Hexen 2
  • Call of Juarez
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Far Cry
  • Zanzarah
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • Legend of Kyrandia 2: Hand of Fate
  • TrickStyle
  • Maximus XV Abraham Strong - Space Mercenary
  • Crysis
  • Quake 1
  • Heretic
  • Lands of Lore
  • Dune 2
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Simutrans
  • and many many other games...

Updated: September 3, 2023

The default software associated to open pak file:

Dragon UnPACKer icon

Alexandre Devilliers logoDragon UnPACKer  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Alexandre Devilliers

Dragon Unpacker is unpacking tool for resource files from computer games, which is very popular in moding community. It supports plethora of file formats and also is able to search for known patterns in unknown file formats.

Help how to open:

Most *.pak files can be opened and extracted with Dragon UnPACker.

How to convert:

Generally speaking, it is unlikely any of the PAK game archives could be converted to something else. However you may find tools that can extract the contents of these files.

Find conversions from pak file:

pak to obj

pak to rar

pak to zip

Find converter to pak file type:

7z to pak

rar to pak

tar to pak

zip to pak

List of software applications associated to the .pak file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open pak file, edit pak file, convert pak file, view pak file, play pak file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in'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 pak files.

Software that open pak file - Game resource package

Programs supporting the exension pak on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about Dragon UnPACKer for open pak file action.

Microsoft Windows:

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