PAK File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PAK file?

Files that contain the .pak file extension are normally compressed archive files. These files are very similar to Zip archive files. The PAK file format is used to compress large files or volumes of files into a single archive folder. This makes it easier to distribute the files or download the files from the Internet. For example, if you have fifteen different files that you would like to email to someone, you can send them in a PAK file archive rather than emailing the files as fifteen different attachments.

The PAK file format is commonly used for video games, like the Quake and Half-Life computer gaming applications. These game file archives contain the graphics, sounds, objects, textures and other game details that are needed to run the game on the computer.

How to open PAK 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 PAK for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PAK

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of PAK files. Remember, different programs may use PAK 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
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
PowerDeskPowerDeskUser submitted
FilzipFilzipUser submitted
Quick ZipQuick ZipUser submitted
GCFScapeGCFScapeUser submitted
ZipGeniusZipGeniusUser submitted
Free Zip OpenerFree Zip OpenerUser submitted
Aladdin ExpanderAladdin ExpanderUser submitted
IZArcIZArcUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PAK-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 PAK-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!