GCF File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a GCF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .GCF 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
You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension GCF for different purposes.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different GCF openers which you will find listed below.
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 viewers for this file format
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.