BIG File Type

- The quick facts

What are BIG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a BIG file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a BIG file?

Files that contain the .big file extension are most commonly used by the Electronic Arts software company to store game data files.

The BIG files that are created by Electronic Arts can contain individual assets that are used by the gaming software during a player's gameplay. The data in the BIG files is compressed in order to save space on a user's hard drive.

The FinalBig utility can create BIG files and individual MODs (files that customize the gameplay experience). In some cases, the individual MOD files can be imported into certain video games along with the BIG files to alter the user's game play experience.

How to open BIG files

Important: Different programs may use files with the BIG file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your BIG file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different BIG openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of BIG files. Remember, different programs may use BIG files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Dragon UnPACKerDragon UnPACKerUser submitted
TOWToolsTOWToolsUser submitted
Big CrocodileBig CrocodileUser submitted
FifaTextureEditorFifaTextureEditorUser submitted
ShockwaveShockwaveUser submitted

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