Files with shader extension are used by the id Tech 3 game engine. This engine is used in some games like Quake 3, Wolfenstein etc.

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SHADER file extension - Quake 3 Arena id Tech 3 game engine shader file

What is shader file? How to open shader files?

File type specification:

Game file type icon Game file type

shader file icon: shader filetype icon

The shader file extension is associated with computer games based on the id Tech 3 game engine, such as Quake 3 Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Medal of Honor, Call of Duty etc.

The .shader file contains shader properties, like map texture definitions, lightning settings, etc. It is stored in a simple text file format and viewable in a text editor.

The default software associated to open shader file:

Quake 3 icon

id Software LLC logoQuake 3  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
id Software LLC

Quake 3 Arena is very popular multiplayer first person shooter released in 1999. In the single-player mode players fight against computer controlled enemies called bots and is prepared to on-line gaming against real opponents.

Help how to open:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .shader 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.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .shader 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 shader file, edit shader file, convert shader file, view shader file, play shader file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Unspecified and all other actions for computer programs working with shader file - Quake 3 Arena id Tech 3 game engine shader file

Click on the software link for more information about Quake 3. Quake 3 uses shader file type for its internal purposes and/or also by different way than common edit or open file actions (eg. to install/execute/support an application itself, to store application or user data, configure program etc.).

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with shader file by default:
Quake 3 small icon Quake 3
Other suggested software:
Return to Castle Wolfenstein small icon Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory small icon Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Call of Duty small icon Call of Duty
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault small icon Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

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