VOL File - opening and understanding

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

What is a VOL file?

Files that contain the .vol file extension are normally associated with a file archive format that is used by a variety of different video gaming software applications.

The VOL files that are referenced by the associated video games contain compressed video game files that store data that is used for a gamer's gameplay experience.

Some of the popular video game applications that use the VOL file format include Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Tribes, Red Baron and Earth Siege 2.

The FreeOTFE software application also uses the .vol file suffix. These VOL files contain the volume files that are created by the FreeOTFE program.

How to open VOL 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 VOL for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different VOL openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension VOL

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of VOL files. Remember, different programs may use VOL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with VOL-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 VOL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!