MAP File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MAP file?

The .map file extension is used by computer games that have been created with one of the Quake engines. These files contain uncompiled game maps. These maps are saved in a text-based format, allowing them to be compiled into a .bsp binary map. Some of the gaming applications that use the .map file extension include the first three editions of Quake, Duke Nukem and the Half-Life computer games.

The .map file extension is also used by web designers for hyperlinking purposes. These MAP files allow website visitors to navigate a website by clicking on certain areas within a picture rather than using a traditional text-based link.

How to open MAP 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 MAP for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MAP

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MAP files. Remember, different programs may use MAP 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
Native Instruments Reaktor5Native Instruments Reaktor5User submitted
GPS TrackMakerGPS TrackMakerUser submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio .NETMicrosoft Visual Studio .NETUser submitted
CodeVisionAVR C CompilerCodeVisionAVR C CompilerUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
MaxSea ApplicationMaxSea ApplicationUser submitted
SAS Deployment WizardSAS Deployment WizardUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
Furcadia Dream EditorFurcadia Dream EditorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MAP-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 MAP-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!