WAD File - opening and understanding

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

What is a WAD file?

Files that contain the .wad file extension are most commonly associated with compressed archive files that are used by a variety of computer gaming applications.

WAD files contain archive files of the game data that is used by the associated video game. This data can include information such as player levels, game maps, graphics, textures and other game details that enhance a user's gaming experience.

Popular computer games that are known to use the WAD file archive format include Half Life, Quake, Doom, Hexen and Heretic.

In some cases, experienced gamers will modify or create customized WAD files to create "mods" or added features for the games they play.

How to open WAD 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 WAD for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension WAD

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of WAD files. Remember, different programs may use WAD 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
Quick ZipQuick ZipUser submitted
GCFScapeGCFScapeUser submitted
SkulltagSkulltagUser submitted
ZandronumZandronumUser submitted
Crafty ApplicationCrafty ApplicationUser submitted
FlowTrackerFlowTrackerUser submitted
BG-BAU-WegweiserBG-BAU-WegweiserUser submitted
Dragon UnPACKerDragon UnPACKerUser submitted
ZipZag ArchiverZipZag ArchiverUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WAD-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 WAD-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!