VDF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a VDF file?

VDF is an acronym for VirtualDub File. Files that contain the .vdf file extension usually hold filter plug-ins for the VirtualDub video capture and processing software application. The VDF plug-ins contained in these files allow for special effects and added file support within the VirtualDub application.

The .vdf file extension is also used for AntiVir virus definition files. These files store information about the viruses that the AntiVir program scans a user's hard drive for.

In some cases, files with the .vdf file extension are used for the Gothic video game series. These files store data that is used by the video game during a user's gameplay experience, such as 3D models, characters and world data.

How to open VDF 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 VDF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension VDF

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of VDF files. Remember, different programs may use VDF 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
Visionary ViewerVisionary ViewerUser submitted
7-Zip7-ZipUser submitted
RexCAD ApplicationRexCAD ApplicationUser submitted
DIBACDIBACUser submitted
Systems Tool KitSystems Tool KitUser submitted
DAEMON ToolsDAEMON ToolsUser submitted
FlvPlayerFlvPlayerUser submitted
vaporguivaporguiUser submitted
Satellite Tool KitSatellite Tool KitUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with VDF-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 VDF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!