BIG File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a BIG file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .BIG 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension BIG for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different BIG openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension BIG

While we know of one file format using the .BIG file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .BIG file.

Various viewers for this file format

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.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Dragon UnPACKerDragon UnPACKerUser submitted
TOWToolsTOWToolsUser submitted
Big CrocodileBig CrocodileUser submitted
FifaTextureEditorFifaTextureEditorUser submitted
ShockwaveShockwaveUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with BIG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with BIG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!