MPQ File Type

- The quick facts

What are MPQ files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a MPQ 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 MPQ file?

A .MPQ file is a MPQ Archive - Blizzard Game Data file.

Files that contain the .mpq file extension are used by Blizzard Entertainment in some of the company's computer gaming applications. The MPQ files that are associated with the Blizzard game applications store compressed data used during the gameplay experience, such as graphics and sounds. This information can be stored in a compressed format to save space on the user's hard drive.

The MPQ format allows for compression, encryption and segmentation of the various game files. The first game to use the MPQ file format was the Diablo gaming software, but the format is now used across a variety of Blizzard Entertainment gaming applications including the popular Warcraft and Starcraft computer games.

How to open MPQ files

We have identified one MPQ opener that is compatible with this specific type of MPQ file.

Programs that open MPQ Archive - Blizzard Game Data files

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension MPQ

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
Blizzard North Diablo IIBlizzard North Diablo IIUser submitted
StarCraft FusionStarCraft FusionUser submitted