CAP File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CAP file?

The .cap file extension is most commonly used for game development files. These files are created by the Scirra Construct programming application to create DirectX 9-based computer games. The CAP files contain the background images, objects, event handlers, physics models and other code used to create the game.

The .cap file extension is also used for compressed music files, Network Associates Sniffer capture files, CaptionMaker caption files, Code Architect project files and PacketView Pro packet trace data files.

How to open CAP 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 CAP for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different CAP openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension CAP

While we know of one file format using the .CAP 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 .CAP file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

WiresharkWiresharkUser submitted
Microsoft Network MonitorMicrosoft Network MonitorUser submitted
Reference ManagerReference ManagerUser submitted
EtherealEtherealUser submitted
capellacapellaUser submitted
capella readercapella readerUser submitted
PASCO CapstonePASCO CapstoneUser submitted
cadwork Start Applicationcadwork Start ApplicationUser submitted
Sims CAPSims CAPUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CAP-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 CAP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!