PAK File Type- The quick facts
What are PAK files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a PAK 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 PAK file?
PAK files have multiple uses, and PAK/ARC Compressed Archive is one of them.
PAK/ARC Compressed Archive
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 file. 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.
How to open PAK files
We have identified 2 PAK openers that are compatible with this specific type of PAK file.
Programs that open PAK/ARC Compressed Archive files
Last updated: March 26, 2022
More file formats using the PAK extensionThrough our research of PAK files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail, and we would love to hear from you if you have information about either of them.
Artisoft Installation Package
FoxPro Compressed Distribution Archive
HBuilder Language Pack
InstallBuilder Installation Package
PlayStation 3 NPDRM Encrypted Data
Simutrans Object Package
Sygic GPS Map Data
Various apps that use files with this extension
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.