Files with wad extension are associated with Quake computer game. They are used to store textures by the Quake engine.

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

empty icon.wad - Doom WAD archive

empty icon.wad - WAD Manager Wii channel archive

empty icon.wad - Theme Park World game archive

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Software that open wad file

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WAD file extension - Quake engine texture file

What is wad file? How to open wad files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

Game file type icon Game file type

wad file icon: wad filetype icon

The wad file extension is also used related to Quake and other computer games based on id Tech 1 (not the same as id Tech 1 Doom engine) game engine. The *.wad file contains textures used by Quake engine (WAD - Wally Game Texture Archive) and it is located in the .pak Quake game archive.

It is different format than the original Doom WAD format.

The default software associated to open wad file:

Quake 2 icon

id Software LLC logoQuake 2  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
id Software LLC

Quake 2 is first person shooter computer game. Player must fight against alien surface through heavily fortified military installations, lower the city's defenses and shut down the enemy's war machine. Quake 2 is also very popular in multi-player battles.

Quake icon

id Software LLC logoQuake  Microsoft MS-DOS software

Company or developer:
id Software LLC

Quake is legendary first person shooter computer game developed by id software based on id Tech 1 engine (also known as Quake Engine). The player takes the role of an unnamed protagonist sent into a portal in order to stop an enemy code-named Quake.

Help how to open:

Use Dragon UnPACKer to open the wad extension files.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .wad 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 software applications associated to the .wad 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 wad file, edit wad file, convert wad file, view wad file, play wad 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 wad files.

Software that open wad file - Quake engine texture file

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

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