Opening MPQ files

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

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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