MPQ File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MPQ 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, making it easier to store 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension MPQ for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 6 different MPQ openers which you will find listed below.

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 viewers for this file format

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.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
GOMPLAYERGOMPLAYERUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
Microsoft Windows Media PlayerMicrosoft Windows Media PlayerUser submitted
Blizzard North Diablo IIBlizzard North Diablo IIUser submitted
StarCraft FusionStarCraft FusionUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MPQ-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 MPQ-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!