GCF File Type- The quick facts
What are GCF files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a GCF 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 GCF file?
GCF is an acronym for Game Cache File. Files that contain the .gcf file extension normally store game data such as file fragments, checksums, metadata and other game information and game details that are used by an associated gaming application.
The GCF files that are created by gaming programs are commonly used to store games that have been downloaded from the Valve Steam distribution service. GCF files may also contain game updates for computer games that have been distributed by Valve Stream. This ensures that the user has the most recent version of the game installed on his or her hard drive.
How to open GCF files
Important: Different programs may use files with the GCF file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your GCF file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different GCF openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: July 13, 2020
Suggest another file format using extension GCF
While we know of one file format using the .GCF 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 .GCF file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of GCF files. Remember, different programs may use GCF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.